The Daily Find Feb. 13, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

  • You can add your blog to the feed by sending your name, school, job title and link to your blog to

Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

Check out the Tweet Archive for #NAISAC! This is an archive of all the tweets sent using the official hashtag #NAISAC and the older form of the tag. This automatically archives each tweet including all links shared. This can be an extremely valuable resource as we move through the conference and beyond. Knowing that there are a lot of resources shared through links posted to Twitter, you will be able to return to this site and capture all those “gold nuggets”. This archive is also posted on the NAISAC community site under Community Sites on the right side of your screen.

Independent School Bloggers
The list of independent school bloggers continues to grow. You can see the current list posted on the main NAISAC Online Community site Additionally, you will find an active RSS feed of these blogs posted on the lower right side of the site. New blogs are being posted to the site and added to the RSS feed as they are submitted. Check out the following link for information on how to submit a blog link to the community of Independent School Bloggers.

Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces
Check out the three submissions to the Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces! This link will help you can learn more about how to add your school to this growing list. This gallery is designed to be a resource long beyond the conference. If you are new to the idea of “Making” and MakerSpaces, check out the Interactive MakerSpace that will be on the exhibit floor during this year’s NAIS Annual conference!


Larry Kahn
Four Opportunities to Learn about Mindfulness at this year’s NAIS Conference
Chances are that like me you are racing around doing all the things one needs to do, both at home and school, to get things in order before leaving to attend this year’s NAIS annual conference.   I encourage you to stop, catch your breath, relax, and consider taking the opportunity to [MORE]

Josie Holford
Ride the Tiger: Design the Revolution
I’m looking forward to the NAIS Annual Conference- #naisac15 – this year – assuming of course that Boston can dig its way out of all the snow. The theme is appealing:  “Design the Revolution”.  It’s a slogan that manages to [MORE]

Chris Thinnes
Upcoming Workshops at #NAISAC 2015: Cultural Competence & Public-Private Partnership
I am excited to collaborate with two great teams in workshops at the upcoming NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. In each case, we are hoping to provoke dialogue and catalyze action in areas that matter dearly to each of us — but to learn as much from the experience and insight of participants, as we [MORE]

Mark Crotty
Dreaming of School-Business Symbiosis
During my thirty-two years in independent education, one trend I’ve noticed is schools taking more and more lessons and directions from the world of business. Some of the topics which immediately jump to mind include[MORE]

Richard Kassissieh
Of Mice, Men , and Instagram
How can middle school students begin to recognize complexity and empathize with characters in literature? In a conventional approach, a teacher might pose thought-provoking questions to students and draw their attention to key passages in the story. However, this approach [MORE]

Connie White
Changing It Up!
Although my initial degree was a B.S. in Chemistry, my first teaching job was an interim position in the area of mathematics. It was March and I was filling in at Burns High School in North Carolina for a teacher who was unable to complete the year.  I remember working long hours to prepare to teach Calculus, Geometry, Algebra II and General Math each day. I barely kept my head above water.  It was that first year, however, that I received feedback from one of the many required, formal classroom observations that would forever change the way I prepare to teach. [MORE]

Marti Weston
Learning How to Code: Demonstrating How to Learn Report #2
We educators offer great gifts to our 21st Century students when we demonstrate that we, too, can learn new things. By letting children see us mastering unfamiliar information, figuring out problems, overcoming challenges, and yes, even making mistakes, we help them develop more comfort and confidence when they make errors and feel like they are not making progress. [MORE]

Jennifer Carey
Have Mobile Phones in the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment?
Last week, while reviewing our class syllabus on the first day, I made a decision to do a little experiment. Rather than make the announcement that mobile phones should beturned off during class, I did the opposite. I told my visual anthropology class that unrestricted use of mobile phones in class would be allowed this semester. [MORE]

Christian Talbot
Can Online “Teams” Be Smart
Should schools prepare students to participate meaningfully in a global economy and community? Of course they should. But for our students, this increasingly means interacting with others in an online environment.  So the fact that some teams are smarter than others because of members’ ability to read emotional expression might cause you to panic. [MORE]

This is an automated daily news paper that is created from the information shared by members of the NAISAC15 Twitter community. As members of the community share resources and ideas through Twitter, they are aggregated and categorized then presented as a daily paper.

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