What Are You Thinking? Post Your Great Ideas!

Have a little free time?  Would you like a place to let your creative juices flow?  How about telling the world what you think about Strength-Based Teacher Driven Change?  Here’s your chance to put your thoughts into writing  Write a blog.  Post your best teaching ideas.  Tell us what’s on your mind.  

Need a place to start?  How about the Seven Factors that create a culture of success?  Or, what about strength-based member engagement?  Better yet, give a “shout out” to a colleague who you believe did some great things with students during the past year.  Write your post here.  It can be a paragraph or a few pages.  

Below are some helpful links.  The most important thing is to place your ideas on paper.  Start a conversation.  Share your teaching with colleagues. 

Helpful Hints!

7 Tips for Writing that Great Blog Post, Every Time | HuffPost

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-morrow/7-tips-for-writing-that-g_b_10724558.html

How to Write an Awesome Blog Post in 5 Steps | WordStream

https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2015/02/09/how-to-write-a-blog-post

How to Write a Blog Post: The Definitive 10,273-word Guide

http://beabetterblogger.com/how-to-write-a-blog-post/

How to Write Your First Blog Post (57 Best Ideas and 65 Expert Tips)

http://iwannabeablogger.com/first-blog-post/

How to Start a Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide [+ Free Blog Post Templates]

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-start-a-blog

IFT Grants at Work – Summer Science Camp is Huge Hit in Temecula

Students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District are making teaching and learning science fun at the inaugural launch of Summer Science Camp held this year at the Temecula Valley High School (TVHS) campus in Riverside CA.  Weekly camp participants divide time between experiments in the newly-constructed campus greenhouse, data collection, analysis, and also manage to get in outdoor games and science-related crafts they will take home at the camp’s conclusion.  This project’s major sponsor is the California Teachers Association Institute For Teaching, that awarded a 20 thousand dollar grant last year that was used in the construction of both the greenhouse and aquaponics system.

Read the story here.

Seven Ideas to Teach Students Work Ethic

Talents, strengths, resources, knowledge, and skills, can help you get where you want to go in life–but those things alone won’t do it. You also need to work hard to be truly successful.  A powerful work ethic leads to a culture of success.

 

What Can Teachers Do to Encourage a Student Work Ethic?

  1. Hold Teacher-Parent Conversations
  2. Create a Parent Newsletter
  3. Develop a Parent Network
  4. Organize a Parent-Student Forum

(Guest Writer: Tim Elmore)  I celebrate it whenever I meet hard-working students. I see them on almost every university campus I’m on, and in almost every high school I visit. These adolescents just “get the system” and realize you can achieve almost anything if you work hard enough. On the other hand, I also see far too many students growing up in a world of speed and convenience who’ve never developed a work ethic.

May I suggest a couple of reasons why this might be?

From a recent survey of parents, 82 percent said “doing chores” was a normal household experience for them growing up. However, only 28 percent of these same parents say they ask their kids to do chores. For some reason, it was good for us, but not good for them. We feel we’re not good parents if we stress them out with chores.  Continue reading

School Climate and Future Orientation

Promoting students’ future orientation is inherently a goal of the educational system. Recently, it has received more explicit attention given the increased focus on career readiness. This study aimed to examine the association between school climate and adolescents’ report of future orientation using data from youth (N = 27,698; 49.4 % female) across 58 high schools. Three-level hierarchical linear models indicated that perceptions of available emotional and service supports, rules and consequences, and parent engagement were positively related to adolescents’ future orientation. Additionally, the school-level average future orientation was significantly related to individuals’ future orientation, indicating a potential influence of contextual effects on this construct. Taken together, these findings suggest that interventions targeting school climate may hold promise for promoting future orientation.   Continue reading.