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Monday, June 10, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Last year the @NYTimesLearning blog held a conversation on summer reading, sharing many resources which added to the 2012 #PTchat discussion on summer reading. This week we've got a variety of amazing connected educators and parents ready to share out during the annual #PTchat on summer reading.
We've invited teachers, librarians, parents and all around good people like @joycevalenza @SOMSlibrary @cybraryman1 @ontheshelf4kids @shannonmmiller @johnfritzky and others to pace our conversation. Below are some of the questions we'll be posing during the one-hour chat.
- What K-12 expectations should we have for students to read over the summer? Why?
- What are the ways classroom teachers can encourage summer reading?
- If parents are encouraging summer reading, what kinds of things are they most likely doing?
- How can keep school libraries stay virtually open when so many are closed from June-September?
- What tech tools can be used to encourage summer reading, keep logs or share literary experiences?
- How can the whole family encourage summer reading? What practices would you recommend?
- How can we make these summer habits the norm in students' homes?
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Schools and parent organizations are always looking, and often struggle, for more parents to attend events and participate. Some schools are now providing incentives to parents, saying they’re simply doing what it takes to get families involved when they might not otherwise consider. Incentives vary from offering a small $5 gift card to larger items such as meals or used computers.
Do you offer incentives? Do they work? Do demographics play a part? Bring you ideas or play "idea bandit" with others as together we continue planning for 13-14.
Join #PTchat Wednesday, 5/22 at 9PM EDT and share your thoughts and ideas on the pros and cons of providing incentives for family participation at school.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
By Dana Sirotiak
If you looked into today’s classroom, what skills would you see being taught through the doors of a Kindergarten class? 4thgrade class? AP Science class? When preparing students to be college and career ready, schools normally focus on the skills students will be in order to be successful in a competitive 21st Century world. “Schools do a good job of teaching reading, writing, science, math and other “hard” skills that are both essential and valuable to performing well on the job” (Aricia E. LaFrance,Parenting and Career Coach). In order to prepare students both at home and at school, soft skills are also important traits to be included in daily interactions. La France (2013) defines “soft skills” as a complex system of traits and habits including: confidence, flexibility, honestly, integrity, the ability to see things from different perspectives, optimism, and common sense. These soft skills are habits that have been cultivated over time; starting in the home, then developed throughout time in school.
This week’s #PTchat will focus on how parents and educators can join together to help students cultivate soft skills both at home and in school. Join us this Wednesday, May 15th at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT, to discuss specific strategies families and educators can use to help students develop soft skills.