The Big Fresh December 1, 2018 From Balance to Beats
Work-life balance sets an unrealistic expectation of keeping different roles in steady equilibrium. Instead, strive for work-life rhythm. Each week has a repeating pattern of beats—job, family, friends, health, hobbies—that vary in accent and duration.
When I was a teenager, I played clarinet and met weekly with a private instructor. But after the school year was over, we stopped poring over sheet music and practicing scales and long tones. Summers were given over to jazz. Within certain rhythms or a range of sounds, almost anything was possible. It took a lot of effort and it was sometimes frustrating to improvise after nine months of exacting attention to getting what was on the page exactly right. But I learned that it was also fun to try to invent new melodies within the constraints of keys and timing.
This week we look at integrating social media into classroom communities and professional development. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
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Ruth Ayres finds storytelling is at the heart of social media, and describes how teachers and students might work together to find a place for social media in classrooms:
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Mark Levine provides quick tips for teachers interested in using Twitter Chats for professional development, with advice on everything from understanding chat hashtags to the best chats to how to jump into one:
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