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Fish Philosophy

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Teacher Practice Network convening at Lake Point Conference Center in Russellville, Arkansas. Our @APSRC leaders facilitated the convening built around the ideas of the Fish Philosophy. The philosophy is based on the Pike Place Fish Market.

The four principles are

Teachers need to remember to play, not only grind out the work. After all, we all know what happens when our students do not get recess. Teachers need to bring their creative spirit to more than just lesson plans.  Play taps into our natural way of being creative. Play is the spirit that drives the curious mind, as in “Let’s play with that idea!” It’s a mindset we can bring to everything we do. Stuart Brown, a play researcher, and psychiatrist said in his TED talk that what is"so unique about our species is that we're really designed to play through our whole lifetime."
Teachers need to remember to Be There. It is our present to be present each and every day with …
Learning Blade is a free platform for Arkansas Middle Schools provided by a $400,000 grant.  This platform may also be used with GT groups in elementary.  There are Social Studies, Science, Math, and ELA aligned lessons that are fifteen minutes long. There are over 400 interactive lessons. There are printable lessons and resources to go along with the interactive lessons. It is flexible and aligned to state standards.
Why do we need STEM career instruction?
The National Academy of Sciences identified three goals for STEM education:
*Increase the number of advanced degrees awarded and people entering advanced technology careers
*Increase the size and quality of the STEM-related workforce
*Improve STEM literacy for all students

A pilot study of Learning Blade showed the following results.
These students responded that:
72% learned something about new careers
76% learned something about technology
61% and 54% learned something about math and English, respectively
71% would rather use Le…

Six Things Educators Can Do



I've been a bit amused by the push back by a group of fellow teachers regarding school choice. School choice is defined by FOCUS ON THE FAMILY as "School choice is a nationwide movement that empowers parents by enabling them to make the best possible choice for their children's education. In short, it puts power in the hands of parents to decide which type of education best fits the needs of their particular child – whether that is a public, private or religious institution, or educating their child at home." They go on to clarify "we believe school choice represents the cutting-edge future of education. It breaks up the current bureaucratic monopoly controlling our education system and places the power squarely into the hands of the people to whom it belongs: parents."

As educators, we should concern ourselves first and foremost with the students in our immediate care. Yes, we should also concern ourselves with the profession as a w…