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July 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Here are my personal priorities.


I found a list of personal priorities that I wrote in April of 1997.

I wrote these after a season of requesting prayers for wisdom about priorities.

Today I made some minor revisions.


What do you think about these?


I invite your comments and questions.




My Personal Priorities

July 27, 2013


#1 Take excellent care of my health.




Added by John S. Oliver on July 28, 2013 at 10:28 — No Comments

Obama, the Racial Divide, and a Teachable Moment

Obama, the Racial Divide, and a Teachable Moment

The headlines last week read, “Obama Explains Black America to White America,” heralding a teachable moment in the country’s history.  The news article summarized President Obama’s speech to the nation a few days after George Zimmerman was declared “not guilty” by six women jurors  (five White and one Puerto Rican) for killing…


Added by Jean Latting on July 26, 2013 at 6:00 — 3 Comments

Meet Them Where They're At

Recently, I was called to a meeting where it was requested that attendees BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. It seemed ridiculous to me at first, as I thought that people who were inclined to bring their own devices already would. But when I got there, we were led through activities that could only be done online with a device. People without a device—a…


Added by Adam Fletcher on July 25, 2013 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Moodle 2.0 for Teachers: An illustrated guide

If you are already using Moodle 2.0, or are interested in starting to use Moodle 2.0, this illustrated guide written by Mark Rollins could be a good place to start. The guide, making great use of screenshots, covers some of the differences in functionality for users who are used to Moodle 1.9 (or older), as well as educators who may be new to Moodle. It is, however, strictly a 'how to' guide and makes no…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 17, 2013 at 11:27 — No Comments

Are you interested? Connecting Children with Nature on an international scale

“The child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable” Richard Louv 2005 (USA)

Let’s tackle conservation and environmental issues from the ground up – by facilitating children’s interaction and appreciation of nature through…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 15, 2013 at 17:17 — No Comments

Adultism in Schools

This post is an excerpt from my forthcoming book on discrimination against youth. It introduces the topic of adultism, which is bias towards adults, and what it looks like in schools.

Adultism is the reason schools exist. When children and youth packed factories, farm fields, mines, and service jobs around the western world in the late 19th century, many adults…


Added by Adam Fletcher on July 11, 2013 at 5:00 — No Comments

33 Ways to Activate Student Voice

Testing, curriculum, teaching styles, school evaluations... As the banner of student voice is unfurled around the world, we see more young people standing up in unprecedented numbers than ever before. They're demanding what is rightfully theirs: Meaningful learning opportunities, deep school-community connections, and lifelong success on their terms. We're just see this movement emerge like never before, and must keep pushing for it to grow.


In the context of schools, student…


Added by Adam Fletcher on July 9, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Ways Students Can Be Partners in Schools

As the banner of student voice is unfurled in schools around the world, we're seeing young people stand up in unprecedented numbers to demand what is rightfully theirs. They want an education worth receiving, relevant and whole, rich and meaningful.

This requires a real transformation in learning, teaching, and leadership throughout education systems. Students need new roles where they're engaged in all parts of…


Added by Adam Fletcher on July 6, 2013 at 5:51 — No Comments

Tips for Youth Self-Advocacy

A lot of people are increasingly concerned with how to more successfully engage children and youth in our communities. After working with young people in community settings across North America for a decade, I started consulting organizations about youth engagement in 1997.

In the last 15+ years, I’ve worked with more than 500 nonprofits in Canada and the United States. From my own work and working with others, I have learned that one of the most important ways to promote youth voice…


Added by Adam Fletcher on July 4, 2013 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

New Literacy requirements for Auckland Univeristy as of 2016


The article below was bought to my attention and I think it certainly provides some interesting reading.  I teach senior students in Maori immersion schools and while my subject is mathematics – I am very aware of their language strengths and weaknesses re mastering the new curriculum which is heavily language based.  Having said that, I have also spoken with a number of main stream senior students who were rather shocked as they seem to find the English curriculum quite a…


Added by Kymm McPhail on July 3, 2013 at 12:03 — 5 Comments

The power of it also about who has shared them with you?

A couple of days ago I received a message from John S Oliver, who has contributed huge amounts of thought, time and effort to the Ethos community, especially in the development of the extensive video repository (800+ videos). John explained that he sometimes feels as though he is "an explorer of eudtech"…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 3, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

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