Jay Collier (@JayCollier)

Midcoast Maine USA

The below is an off-site archive of all tweets posted by @JayCollier ever

October 2014

“Hopeful students are more likely to go to school, engage in learning, and make good grades.” Meet their teachers: huff.to/1tl2xEV

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TomBellPortland National media floods into Fort Kent only to learn they have totally missed the fall foliage season.

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aldtucker Nancy Doda is awarded the Ed Brazee award for working to promote middle level education. pic.twitter.com/VvzdVQ77z5

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Ed Brazee presenting Outstanding Educator award to Nancy Doda: “Most influential US middle school educator in past 30 years” @ndoda

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steelemaley @JayCollier please give my warm wishes to @ndoda ! She is a pioneer & quintessential force for curriculum integration/democratic ed

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kymgrangeredu Wish you were here! @cmtoy

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Brookhouse: Think back to your favorite memories from middle school. How many of those are about content? (Remember the heart.)

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“We teach kids, not subjects.” - Phil Brookhouse (via Barbara Greenstone)

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Feedback is a powerful way to build knowledge & skills & increase motivation in students and employees. Suggestions: ti.me/1z4ktH6

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Zima: Students should leave school today with hope that tomorrow will be better. Uses Gallup Student Survey gallupstudentpoll.com/177182/gallup-…

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Bill Zima: School’s theme is “Building hope through learning”

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Nancy Doda: “Consolidate” (the many) learning standards around big ideas and inquiry.

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Nancy Doda reminded me of the insights of Peter Benson, Developmental Assets, Positive Youth Development. youtube.com/watch?v=TqzUHc…

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aldtucker Don’t pledge your allegiance to something small and trite; pledge your allegiance to something great and noble. -Nancy Doda

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kymgrangeredu Pledge your allegiance to something great.

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Doda: Ghandi - “Its the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.” Young adolescents are the key to our future.

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Doda: Teachers have broken hearts when they can’t teach/mentor courage, conviction, caring, and capacity. Put away bureaucracy.

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Doda: Joy in learning sparks us. Fresh air, open doors, get hands dirty, want to make something.

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Doda: Teach for lasting understanding. Ask what students remember, what matters. Content coverage is the bane of education.

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aldtucker The real reason to learn is to live a better life. -nancy Doda

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Doda: Young adolescents are desperate for a purpose in life. “Why are we doing this? Why is it important?” Why these subjects?

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Nancy Doda: The Common Core doesn’t say anything about living a good live, growing relationships, coping with loss. We need to.

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Nancy Doda - MS students: Let us know what we need to know for life. Give us a reason to learn.

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Nancy Doda: MS students say to teachers: “Encourage us. Just be kind. Don’t yell.” After feedback, add “and I have faith in you.”

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Nancy Doda: Geoffrey Colvin says “Talent is overated.” We have to teach: its not about the talent you bring, but your learning

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Nancy Doda: “Help kids fall in love with their future.”

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Nancy Doda: MS students: “Have faith in us” Young adolescents believe about themselves what others believe about them.

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Nancy Doda: Build relationships between children. As important as data-driven learning in middle school.

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Nancy Doda: Build a trusting community where it is safe to live and learn. Bring students together so they’ll know each other.

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Nancy Doda: MS students want to be understood for *all* of who they are. “Belonging uncertainty” reduces ability to learn.

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Nancy Doda: MS students: “Understand us.” Developmental transitions, an awkward time. Sense of self shapes who they’ll be for life

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Nancy Doda asked “What should middle school teachers know about middle school students?” 3200 letters arrived.

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Nancy Doda: How students fare in these middle years (ages 10-15) sets a course for their future years in life.

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Nancy Doda: Students say: we are here to learn how to live a happy life and to make a difference.

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Nancy Doda: We are here to remember that kids come first. We need to leap over the beaucracy to focus on “faces of promise”

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zimaw Words of advice from a student keynoter “A student learns better when doing it in their voice with their choice.”

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If you’re not from Maine, you may not remember Samantha Smith, a girl who made a difference in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_…

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Nick’s tribute: Threnody for Samantha Smith youtube.com/watch?v=v6Bp_t…

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announces the Samatha Smith Challenge to encourage middle students to make a difference. americanswhotellthetruth.org/the-samantha-s…

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New project will exchange student data to help as many as two million eligible students receive associate degrees. bit.ly/1xh6dq0

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Susie Simmons (Bonny Eagle): Gamification of learning (in the classroom and beyond) is all about engagement and motivation

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John Baptst senior Lily Muskatell sang “Legacy” to support Sarah’s House at themaineedge.com/buzz/maines-li…
Video: youtube.com/watch?v=WBMEr0…

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Troy Howard: 8th graders now see 6th graders as equals, as team members, since they’re in same academy for 3 years.

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Troy Howard MS sent bus for each academy to sending elementary schools to pick up their students. (Diff. kind of step-up day)

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Troy Howard: 5th-grade students take interests survey, and then are placed into appropriate academies for 6-8.

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Troy Howard Innovation Academy: Explores people who have changed the world. Students design own rubrics, innovation projects, IEPs.

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EducateMaine Released: 2014 Education Indicators for Maine report, from preschool-postsecondary. ow.ly/DaBig ow.ly/i/7jlxa

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Troy Howard International Academy: A mind set, context about connecting with places and people nearby and around the world.

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Troy Howard: Academies still have 60-minute blocks, standards-based outcomes, but learning is applied to academy-related projects.

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BelolanC @mmuir Leadership is action not a position

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Troy Howard Ecology: Experiential, inquiry-based projects, some day-long, weeks, months, year-round. Math, SS, Sci, ELA, Art.

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Troy Howard Ecology Academy: Hands-on and minds-on discovery across content areas. Sustainability, civic engagement, health.

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Troy Howard: Each student in one academy — Ecology, International, Innovation — for three years with same 3 teachers plus spec. ed14

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zimaw Andrea Logan, LMMS; deliberately teach the 5 keys to effective effort (time,focus,resourcefulness, perseverance,use of feedback)

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Next: Kim Buckheit, teachers, and students from Troy Howard MS in Belfast on transforming the school into learning-academy model.

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Nancy Doda’s resources: teacher-to-teacher.com, MAMLE/doda.

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Nancy Doda: Habits of discussion. Can you elaborate on that? I have a question about… Can you explain? Do you mean that.le14

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Nancy Doda: Student-created rubrics for discussion: Use first names, look at each person, contribute, speak up, no doodling.

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Nancy Doda: Snowball method - Individuals develop ideas, pair-groups combine ideas, quad-group prioritizes, whole class integrates.

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Nancy Doda: Jigsaw method - Students start activity in a group, then switch up groups. They have to explain their progress. Repeat.

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Nancy Doda: When there are multiple approaches to a lesson, have the students share their own methods in class. Better than teacher

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Nancy Doda: Have students make appointments to work with one other student for a full week of partner conversations, then rotate

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Nancy Doda: Build collaborative environment, use formal and informal talk, practice skillful discussions, and assess and debrief

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Nancy Doda: Use “Talk Moves” techniques to improve classroom discussions. Overview video: teachingchannel.org/videos/student…

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Matt Nelson: “We are constantly presented with opportunities that come disguised as problems.”

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Matt Nelson: Incorporate social interactions into activities. Teach topics in more than one way. Make connections and personalize.

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Matt Nelson: Create motivation *with* students, not for them. Engage them without fear of being embarrassed or rejected.

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Matt Nelson: MS students are looking for someone to emulate. Be passionate, genuine, “with-it” :)

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zimaw Matt Nelson, Principal Westbrook Middle “schools are not about being taught, they are about learning.”

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Matt Nelson: Middle school is the time young people learn how to handle challenges, to build a sense of belonging, to gain empathy.

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MAMLE is the Maine Association of Middle Level Educators: mamle.org

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RT @bgreenst: The annual MAMLE Conference is about to start. [Expect a heavier stream of tweets today!]

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nytimes Apple’s Yosemite and iOS 8 systems are like Hotel California: Once you check in, you might never leave nyti.ms/1DBINzK

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PressHerald Drone deployed in Brunswick battle over rail facility: Watch its video. bit.ly/1owWIUI

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SharonVazNewz If this storm were snow. pic.twitter.com/gTTDNT9T3Y

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LinkedIn Data: Portland Maine’s top skills: medical, arts and crafts, ecology & environmental science, non-profit. linkd.in/1ymQwPo

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Never been camping? Check out this introduction from Hipcamp, a tent camping review/photography site from California: bit.ly/1rspKis

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Pleased to have invited author Thomas Goetz to speak at in 2009. Watch Livestream w/President Spencer tonight: bit.ly/1ra1Dou

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EducateMaine The Maine 2015 Teacher of the Year is Jennifer Dorman of Skowhegan Area Middle School! pic.twitter.com/u1SMQE0iml

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Business Insiders list of 100 best apps for iPhone And Android is pretty good! read.bi/1nMmjsf

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Tea Leaf Nation: Why knowing about VPNs matters in China. atfp.co/1wYVUY5

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Laszlo Bock, senior VP at Google: Your résumé should be one page for every ten years of work experience.  bit.ly/1wYS1lZ%2Fidea…

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Business Insider: Major companies are increasingly hiring anthropologists. Here’s why. read.bi/1v6jOzv

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