EDReach Podcast, “The Only Thing A Principal Needs to Know” by Mark Johnson
This podcast is about a man who originally became a teacher and eventually became a school principal. He discusses what his new role is and how being a principal is much different than being a teacher like he was for at least a decade beforehand. He encourages those who consider being a principal to be a principal but to not get caught up in the administration side of things, but to always remember what it’s like to be a teacher. I would assume this is because no one knows what it’s like to be a teacher except teachers themselves, and it can be incredibly frustrating when someone is making decisions affecting you that doesn’t make your job any easier.
I enjoy the idea of a podcast; they’re quick blurbs of information, or short articles that seem to be read to you. For the auditory learner, podcasts can make the world of a difference for their learning. They may have had to read the same article multiple times to grasp the information versus just hearing the podcast once. Very helpful; I’d add podcasts to my classroom!
The two TedTalks I watched for the week were, TEDxNYC – Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover && Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley.
Dan Meyer discussed math in the classroom today and why students aren’t withholding any of the information being taught to them. Most of the information seems to go in one ear and out the other because students aren’t seeing the information as applicable to their futures. Meyer’s then mentioned how he likes to take out specific offered information of a textbook problem and then allows his students to think about problems with intuition… for example with the tank being filled up with water and wondering how long it would take for it to be filled up.
Not ever being a fan or particularly good at math, at any level, or at any aspect, I agree with Meyer’s. I was the student who would sit back and wait for another student who as he says, “… understands and knows the formula,” because I didn’t want to be embarrassed, because I didn’t understand what I had to do. I never understood why complex math problems had to have a place in my education or my life. Meyer’s answered that question, by changing problems and making them applicable. Now, I only wish I had Meyer’s as my math teacher when I was in school because maybe if I had, I would have enjoyed school or even just my math classes more.