So often we bookmark interesting articles, new sites and books we want to read with the great intention of going back and actually reading them. Then life gets in the way and we forget. I am making a point of sending myself emails with the links and planning a specific time to read them. And, to really hold myself to this “Jewish New Year” resolution, I am going to promise to share them with you! Each month I will post what I have found to be inspirational, interesting or just plain useful. Please let me know what you think, what you’d like to see more of, what isn’t hitting home and what you learned.
I love well thought out classrooms. Edutopia has an article on flexible high school seating. I am a big believer in giving students options of where to sit and do their work, recognizing that not everyone can sit at a desk for even a short while. They also have great ideas for configuring any classroom to meet the various needs of your students.
ASCD is always sharing important pieces for educators. Have you ever thought that if one more change is suggested you are going to scream? How many changes can be implemented at once, with care and time given to each one? This article recognizes the importance of aligning your priorities and picking what you can change and what you cannot.
Finally, this is a gift for you. If you do not own a copy of Rabbi Jonathan Sack’s Lessons in Leadership: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible, order it now! This is a wonderful way to both learn about the weekly Torah portion and give your leadership a boost. With short and very easy to read chapters, each week you will look forward to these few minutes of personal growth. This is the perfect Rosh Hashanah gift to give yourself.
Happy Reading and Shanah Tovah