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Community Manager at Edutopia

Hi Arnold, I saw that you

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Hi Arnold, I saw that you posted the same question in another thread and responded there.

Hi Samer, a tool or guide

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Hi Samer, a tool or guide some schools that are using in designing their curriculum. Thanks.

Community Manager at Edutopia

Hi Arnold, can you please

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Hi Arnold, can you please elaborate on which tool you're referring to? It's not clear from your question. Thanks.

Hi educators! can i ask if

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Hi educators!
can i ask if you have any ideas about the tool being used in designing a curriculum?

International Facilitator at Kagan Publishing & Professional Development

Dear Mark, Thank you for this

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Dear Mark,

Thank you for this great entry.

I am writing on behalf of my employer, Dr. Kagan. He is writing a book on Brain-Friendly teaching, and was very impressed with your Lesson Plan "Miracle Workers." He has asked me to request permission to include the lesson plan in his book as a great example of how to make the curriculum relevant for students.

I haven't been able to locate your email online, or I would have contacted you directly. If at all possible, can you contact me at catherine@kaganonline.com.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Catherine Shaheen

Executive Director, Founder of Arts & Learning Conservatory

Great work , do keep a

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Great work , do keep a contact with me , i love how you have raised the topic of student concern a great one indeed because people actually miss the topics of student concern they just deal about student minds but not about their concerns great one indeed here.

Teacher and Educational Journalist

And thanks for your work

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And thanks for your work Paula.

I will most definitely keep in touch.

Mark

[quote]Hi, Mark,

We work closely with the schools who have our program so they contact us directly. Our contact information is provided online. In the fall, we will have Lesson Plans on the Educator's Side that will correlate with the (over 50) topics on the Teen Side. The LPs will have PBL, service learning, and many other avenues to teach the topics, plus an open forum for teachers to share what worked for them.

I really appreciate connecting with you. SEL is so very important and finding people who further the cause is always tricky. Traveling the country speaking, selling and meeting people can be frustrating as many, many teachers love our program (and therefore the whole SEL idea) but fail to get their principals or admin to make the move.

If a lightbulb goes off in your mind as to whom you think would be a good fit for what we do, I'd appreciate your introduction or thoughts.

Fingers crossed and thanks for your work!

Paula[/quote]

Teacher and Educational Journalist

Alina again

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What a wonderful story Alina. There's a lot I relate to, having also begun as a high school teacher without teacher training and only my good History knowledge base and my intuitive connection to adolescents to guide me.

Your experiences also remind me of those of my daughter, who teaches in a wondrously diverse school in Hayward.

Lots of hope and renewal for each of us in these exchanges.

Mark

Curriculum Design & Edufeedback Specialist

Hi Mark & Mark's wife,

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At times, we are definitely boats against the current... sometimes even without a paddle ;) but getting the boat to safe shores is tremendously rewarding!

My teaching experience was a result of needs & a miracle in the making. I did not get there the regular way... I was thrown in, hands on, sink or swim with the very clear responsibility to have my kids reach their potential... and then some.

25 years later they are still an integral part of my life and that is just priceless. The school where this magical journey began is a top notch bilingual school where students graduate from HS with an Associate degree in Computer Programming... this in a third world nation in the Caribbean.

As a clueless rookie teacher guided solely by my desperate need to survive, bring up my child with dignity and the determination to have my students exceed all previous expectations I catapulted into an educational frenzy of sorts where I would have to implement new ways to meet all students' needs.

I had a significant high number of Asian students who did not speak English or Spanish. I had to find a solution for these highly disciplined students with a different culture and language to learn English and Spanish as soon as they could in order to remain in this school and in their proper grade. Watching them tense and uncomfortable in most classes except Mathematics or PE broke my heart. So I began to tutor them during recess or study periods and privately at home.

What worked was their realization that I genuinely wished for them to succeed. In six months time many of these students were excelling in all mainstream classes. They outscored native English speakers on PSAT's and SAT's!

All this got me interested in exploring how brains process information. Back then research was just beginning and brain maps were unheard of. Today it's quite different. the tools we have available give greater insight on how brains learn. What remains the same is the impact of connecting meaningfully with students... Even the tough ones succumb to opening and learning once they internalize that others do genuinely hope to see them resolve and overcome concerns and reach their goals.

Fonldy,
Alina

Author of SEL, self skills, PBL program for teens.

Hi, Mark, We work closely

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Hi, Mark,
We work closely with the schools who have our program so they contact us directly. Our contact information is provided online. In the fall, we will have Lesson Plans on the Educator's Side that will correlate with the (over 50) topics on the Teen Side. The LPs will have PBL, service learning, and many other avenues to teach the topics, plus an open forum for teachers to share what worked for them.
I really appreciate connecting with you. SEL is so very important and finding people who further the cause is always tricky. Traveling the country speaking, selling and meeting people can be frustrating as many, many teachers love our program (and therefore the whole SEL idea) but fail to get their principals or admin to make the move.
If a lightbulb goes off in your mind as to whom you think would be a good fit for what we do, I'd appreciate your introduction or thoughts.
Fingers crossed and thanks for your work!
Paula

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