Found in Education: Being a teacher

I can feel summer coming to a close. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils is in the air.  Among the interesting things I found in education this week:

1. As I was driving out for a hike in the Santa Cruz mountains, I heard this wonderful perspective called "A Teacher's Summer Vacation" from Matt Biers-Ariel. Among his words:  "
Summer is when we remind ourselves that we teach because we love kid energy and believe we can help them grow. We teach because we want to stoke the fires of their minds. And so we take a good chunk of summer to improve."

2. Insightful article about a recent study on student engagement from MindShift. We already know that student engagement is linked to positive outcomes not only in academic achievement but also to long term success. This study showed that it may not be obvious to know when students are deeply engaged.  The article on the study from mindshift is worth a read.

3. Secondary reading - even though I am not currently teaching English, I use books all the time in my social studies and math classes.  I'm always looking for recommendations. I found this list from We are Teachers on Pinterest.  You can check it out here.  Social studies teachers might find the historical fiction and history sections of particular interest.

4. And, finally in the just for fun category - love this idea for a time capsule to do with your students at the beginning of the year.

Found in Education is a weekly blog post on interesting ideas, tips, products, and stories related to education that I find over the week.  See something I should know about? Please send your ideas.  Comment here or leave me a message on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest, or at the store.