Teacher Time

February 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

It is my dream to help a school come up with a way to give their teachers a 20% bonus—a la Google’s 20% time (read a New York Times article about the concept or a firsthand account of how one Google employee used his 20% time).

What if teachers only taught four days a week and one day were reserved for teacher time: self-guided professional development, blogging, professional and/or personal growth, exercise, pet projects, internships, etc…?

How much would that cost a school? And how much would the students benefit?

But why stop there?

What if students had class a period or block free every day to do the same? What would this school look like?

This is the solution I have found to the biggest problem(s) that schools face: Teacher Time. Want my help implementing it in your school? Contact me.

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What a difference a sweatshirt makes

February 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Last week, TSF gave all of the students in the CSA program sweatshirts at a sort of celebration of the end of the first semester of CSA. For the entire week since then, at least half of the students have been wearing their sweatshirts almost every day. They are proud of their accomplishments, their efforts, and the program in which they are enrolled.

That makes me proud.

I have also been wearing—almost every day—the sweatshirt they gave me.

CSA—the College Success Academy—is a program created and run by The SteppingStone Foundation (TSF). In my role at OunceIT I am teaching an ELA class once a week through CSA at the Edison School—a Boston Public School—where I am helping students first learn to blog so that later they can blog to learn.

Sometimes the little things matter as much as the big ones. Don’t forget that. My CSA sweatshirt will remind me.

[cross-posted on CSASeekers.blogspot.com]

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