#ECET2NY914 will kick off this weekend as a part of the growing trend of regional ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Teachers and Teaching) convenings happening all over the country. Participating in events like these is a unique and inspiring experience, but in addition to participating this year, I've been a part of helping to plan the event. Thanks to the awesome leadership of AnnRose Santoro, teachers from around Westchester County, New York City, and Long Island will be able to collaborate as learners and thinkers to help address issues in our own school. What makes ECET2 convenings different than your typical ...


Guest blogger and gifted education teacher, Angela Abend explains why there needs to be gifted education programs in schools.


Changing the world is big job and no one person can do it alone. Always remember that there are people who will help if you reach out. Building those networks for work and family are huge. Who will be your go to person in a pinch if you need help with work? or someone to watch your children when you're stuck in traffic? The people we surround ourselves with are essential to a happy life, so always take time to maintain the important relationships.


In education today, educators are trapped in the muck and mire of red tape that can easily lead to burn out or loss of purpose. It is easy to get wrapped up in all of the things that make teaching untenable and sadly, many do. Because this is the reality of the current educational environment, it is important for educators to focus on what can be done and try their best to live in those moments that connect us to why we decided to teach in the first place. Here's what you can focus on, even when the going gets ...


We must continue to offer students opportunity to take ownership of their learning or they will never learn how to do so. The more we insist on their involvement, the more they will have to get involved.


What's more important: passion or purpose? Nathan Lang suggests we need to be purposeful if we want to make a difference. Read on to learn why.


If class sizes aren't going to be addressed because of bottom lines, either because of a lack of teacher resources or school funding, then we are going to have to find a way to function better inside of these undesirable situations. What's your best tip for working with larger classes and meeting students' needs effectively without burning out? Please share


All students have the right to feel like they have something valuable to offer the world and it's our job to ensure that no test takes that away from them. There is more to each of us than our score on any given exam and we must keep this in perspective. Until we move away from exams completely to other, more effective and meaningful assessment like portfolios and project based learning, students will have to endure the ticking of the clock and the use of number 2 pencils.


Providing feedback is an art and as we continue to propel our students into independence, we need to carefully monitor where they are providing them the necessary steps like training wheels until they are ready to ride alone. The magic is in that moment when they realize that they know how already.


We need to recognize that children have very active lives both in and out of school starting at younger and younger ages now. They play travel sports which helps foster physical skills and team collaborative skills that build stamina and frustration tolerance. They play instruments which develops discipline and a love of music and additional fine motor skills. They join clubs that encourage them to dig deeper into their passions and connect them to what they are learning already in a social environment.


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