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The 8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day

What I strive for…

TIME

University of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common.

Via The How of Happiness:

  1. They devote a great amount of time to their family and friends, nurturing and enjoying those relationships.
  2. They are comfortable expressing gratitude for all they have.
  3. They are often the first to offer helping hands to coworkers and passersby.
  4. They practice optimism when imagining their futures.
  5. They savor life’s pleasures and try to live in the present moment.
  6. They make physical exercise a weekly and even daily habit.
  7. They are deeply committed to lifelong goals and ambitions (e.g., fighting fraud, building cabinets, or teaching their children their deeply held values).
  8. Last but not least, the happiest people do have their share of stresses, crises, and even tragedies. They may become just as distressed and emotional in such circumstances as you or I, but their secret weapon is…

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After Aereo: Why Dropbox is safe (but your DVR might not be) and networks need to embrace digital data

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The Supreme Court’s decision in ABC v. Aereo is, as my colleague Jeff Roberts explained on Thursday morning, bad for consumers. Looking past the questionable rationale behind the case’s holding, the justices — Antonin Scalia included — left multiple doors open for further litigation.

What’s worse is the fact that the case happened at all shows how unwilling networks are to embrace new forms of distribution, even when they could mean access to valuable audience data not otherwise attainable.

Not all cloud storage is created equal

If there’s a silver lining it’s that in ruling against Aereo, the justices in the majority expressly stated this wasn’t a ruling about cloud storage. To some degree, I think they meant it.

It’s hard to see the Supreme Court ever finding generic cloud-storage companies such as Dropbox or Google (with Drive) liable for infringement — a suggestion that some commentators have made since the Aereo decision…

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Walmart set to permanently discount iPhone 5s to $99, 5c to $29 tomorrow

This will be interesting and I think it will cause demands of other retailers. Opinions?

10 shifts for educators to make in the upcoming school year

In a recent blog, Dr. Justin Tarte, gives the following ten shifts that educators need to make in the next year in order to be successful. You can catch the original blog post here: http://www.justintarte.com/?m=1 Remember…go follow and support other educators!

1). Stop saying ‘teaching’ and start saying ‘learning.’ This simple diction choice makes a ton of difference when it comes to how we think about student success.

2). Stop viewing technology as ‘one more thing’ you have to do in your classroom. Utilize technology to enhance, broaden, and create opportunities for learning that were never before possible.

3). Stop settling for what has been at the cost of what could be. The world has never before had more opportunity and more possibility to make education both relevant and practical.

4). Stop thinking it’s your school or district’s responsibility to provide professional development learning opportunities. We all expect our kids to be self-autonomous learners who take some ownership of their learning; educators should be no different considering all the avenues and paths that exist.

5). Stop limiting the audience with whom your students can interact and communicate. We live in a globally connected world so there is no excuse for students to be doing work that is just for one teacher’s eyes.

6). Stop trying to teach ‘responsibility and accountability’ by not accepting late work and not allowing redos on assignments and assessments.

7). Stop viewing education as something that is done to students and rather instead, as something that is done with and alongside students.

8). Stop doing what has always been done just because it’s always been done. If it can’t be justified with good cause, then yesterday was a perfect time to stop and start something new.

9). Stop fearing the unknown and use it as an opportunity to learn alongside your students. This not only sends a powerful message to your students, it also allows you to learn and grow as a teacher/student learning team.

10). Stop waiting for someone else to make a difference or make the change. You are the difference… you are the change.

-Dr. Justin Tarte (Twitter: @justintarte)

Section 1: Why Task Rotation?

Section 1: Why Task Rotation?

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via Section 1: Why Task Rotation?.

I recently attended a conference session where the presenter was talking about Task Rotation. Curious, I researched the strategy and came across this book on the ASCD website. I think this would be very beneficial for differentiating in the classroom. Similarly, I have scaffolded my lessons similar to this, but never this organized…and we know how much I like things to be organized!

Has anyone tried this strategy? Did it work? Pros? Cons? I would love feedback!

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American schools need better teachers, so let’s make it harder to become one.

 

American schools need better teachers, so let’s make it harder to become one..

First of all…read the above article. Read it if you are a teacher…read it if you ever wanted to be a teacher…read it if you know you don’t EVER want to be a teacher.

Now…in my experience, I felt the rigor of the teacher program application process, when I applied to TeachGNO. I think that TeachGNO was aiming toward this. Why did it fail?

  • Teach for America teachers tool jobs so TeachGNO could not guarantee teacher-elects jobs.
  • They lost the grant

Why? In a post-Katrina world, when teachers weren’t returning home, and school systems were a mess.I thought they recruited the best of the best, well I WAS among those accepted. In my opinion, the problem was that they, the University of New Orleans, put someone in charge as a subsidy of the UNO College of Education. Had the program have been separate, maybe UNO execs wouldn’t have seen it as such a threat. Maybe they would have actually seen it as a way to recruit the best of the best, graduating from UNO, EVERY year.

I am biased. I saw some people fail…miserably. But that was all kinds of new teachers, TeachGNO, Teach for America, and traditional teacher preparation programs.

What they need to tell you is that it is hard. Very. Being a teacher is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done. And it doesn’t end when you get home from work. We are “on call” to administration, parents, and students. As much as you say you don’t, all of us have gotten fussed for not responding to one of the above in a timely manner.

If they want to recruit the best people, make it worthwhile.

There will also be this time period where sucky teachers are on the same playing field as great, well-prepared teachers. And that isn’t fair. But hey, life isn’t fair…and that is the FIRST class you should have to take when preparing to become a teacher.

EDUC 1000 Life Is Not Fair. Quit bitching. At the end of the day, know you are awesome. May the force be with you. Don’t teach the “don’t smile until October” or some other crap. Teach them to be prepared. Teach them that even the most prepared lessons fail, miserably.

But, when that kid, the one that hasn’t done anything all year, thanks you for being in his life, because his life “kind of sucks right now and you aren’t the worst thing in it”…that’s a good thing.

Smile and wave. The next big thing will be the same as the last big thing, but different. THIS time it will be required, and then it MAY go away. But hey, we are all required to do it, so we are all in this together. Take what you will and make it your own.

Advice? You won’t get your life back, in its entirety, for a good three years. Yes…I said it. Your life WILL suck and you will think about quitting all the time…but you won’t. Because when it is great it is amazing. And when it sucks, you will cry. And yes, in front of the children. But children have this amazing way of going home and coming back the next day to give you another chance. They forgot…we didn’t, but they did, and THAT is what matters. Dredge on.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Google Docs and Google Drive Video Tutorial 2013 | AnsonAlex

Ever wanted to use your summer off wisely to get a head start on “new” technology you didn’t have time to learn this past year?

Good News~

It’s never to late to start, and Anson Alexander is a great place! Anson posts YouTube tutorials from technology to social media and everything in between. The following tutorials, seven in all, will take you through getting started with your own Google Drive account. The seven videos are:

  1. Intro to Google Drive
  2. Composing Documents in Google Drive
  3. Sharing Documents and Folders in Google Drive
  4. Document Organization and Management in Google Drive
  5. Advanced Sharing and Permissions in Google Drive
  6. Third Party apps in Google Drive
  7. Additional Google Drive Context

If you find you only need specific tutorials, click on them individually above. My suggestion is to bookmark the following link:

Google Docs and Google Drive Video Tutorial 2013 | AnsonAlex.

Be sure to visit www.ansonalex.com for all your technology tutorials!

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