Tuesday, April 8, 2014

C4T Summaries

C4T Semester Long

Mr. Dave Sladkey only posted one post during March. The article was a post on titled “What is the Weight of the Snow You Shoveled this Winter”? The Article was taken from the Chicago Tribune and it included a lot of math. The reason why he thought the article was interesting was because of the fact it had a vast amount of math problems. Consequently, readings of the Chicago Tribune would have had to pull out their math skills to determine how much snow they shoveled during the winter. Mr. Sladkey worked the problem out himself and determined how much snow he shoveled during the winter. He stated that he would make his students work out the problem because it gives them ownership over their work and suggested that other teachers do the same. All in all, the post was great and very interesting.

C4T Rotating Mrs. Manaiakalani talked about innovative teachers in March. She discussed how she had the privilege of working in a community which encourages innovation among teachers. Every year, teachers receive 12 days of paid leave to focus on teaching a project they have developed for their own classes. For the most part, I thought that was an excellent incentive for teachers. Having the time to actually create the project is essential. In addition, she discussed how they come together to share projects and discuss how the projects can be enhanced. I believe that if more districts offered this type of program for teachers, teachers would be more innovative. Teachers should be innovative anyway but having an incentive will changeling teachers to put out their best work.


  1. Kia ora Rease, I do appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and leave me your perspective. It is interactions like this which inspire teachers to become globally focussed, and in turn to ensure that we are creating opportunities for our learners to be active in the world around them.

    Our Innovative Teacher programme is an application process, so is available to successful applicants. You may be interested that the main criteria for getting in is demonstrating an innovative inquiry (project) they have been doing in their teaching without getting this extra funding support. This means we are able to acknowledge teachers who are going hard out to bless their learners - rather than those who tell us 'they would if they had the time!'

    All the best with your career

    Auckland, NZ

    1. Thank you so much! I admire what you are doing and what you have been doing to make education better globally. Keep up the great work!

  2. Tarvaris,
    I have been following Dorothy's blog about Manaiakalani Living Local Learning Global all semester. The author has done a fantastic job of capturing the journey of their community to move from a traditional classroom to a 21st century partnership in which technology and student centered education is the focus. Their teacher program seems to be robust and it's paying off with results that can be measured. Their community half a world away and is mostly rural, but light years ahead of Mobile County!
    Nice job on your summaries.