How inspired am I? Well, here I am in my classroom at 8 pm and I have set aside parent emails, revising student writing, planning tomorrow's math lesson, pondering how to include the inauguration in class without creating political angst for or from any fifth grader or their families, dinner with my family, and any … Continue reading Comedy Seriously Inspires Me to Advocate for Excellence in Education
One's blogger's momentary lack of inspiration leads him to an inspiring blog, which, in turn, inspires me to finally do another blog entry! This morning I prioritized time to read Matt Miller's Blog, Ditch that Textbook. His blog entry first caught my eye because it said he was feeling a bit uninspired to write a blog … Continue reading Piggy-Back Blogging on Podcasts in Education!
It is summer time and I am indulging in some of the fabulous media I follow. One of these is the YouTube PBS Idea Channel. I recently watched the episode, "How Accurate Should Movies Be?" There was a great discussion in the comments about the question posed. It certainly inspired me to think about the question … Continue reading YouTube Conversations as Generative, Authentic Writing and Intellectual Discourse
I read this and the coffee and lack of distinct obligations took over. I understand the points that Lisa Morguess and even agree with them in many circumstances, maybe even most, but I find the level of absoluteness being communicated disquieting. I was struck by the sheer single-sided nature of the blog entry, yet … Continue reading Reading Logs? Reading Logs…
Through the window of a MOOC I am reliving the anxieties of academia, for no good reason. This idea of being among, yet wholly invisible, or worse, marginally visible, is unsettling. Of course, especially in a MOOC, it seems to all be in my head. After all, being visible is a matter of stabbing chaos … Continue reading Mooc-ing
After reading Jeff Delp's recent Molehills Out of Mountains blog entry, Five Skills for 21st Century Learners, I found myself sharing it on Facebook with the following comment about the word "rigor". "I was so pleased to not see the word "rigor" in this post. After hearing Alfie Kohn tell a story about a parent's … Continue reading Rig- or NOT
I am at the stage in my online networking of reading blogs more regularly and commenting on them here and there, as I did with Steve Hargadon's recent blog post "Ugh. Classic Politics Now Extends to Social Networking in Education." This post addressed the Dept of Ed's sponsorship of program called Connected Online Communities of … Continue reading Heros
Recently, while complaining that I need more time with my students, a colleague and friend suggested that perhaps I am getting too excited with all my ed tech exposure and need to be less innovative in the classroom. She, of course, meant this as an advocate for my sanity and, I suspect, with a thought … Continue reading So Many Opportunities, So Little Time.
"'Assessment' is Ruining Education." There I said it! As this thought sprints mischievously through my mind… often, I challenge it. How could assessment be anything bad? Isn’t it critical to know what students know? To have feedback about whom we are reaching and what is actually having an impact? Each time I am surprised by … Continue reading “Assessment” is Ruining Education!
Mahalo to Richard Byrne in Free Technology for Teachers for sharing the video "7 Billion" in his latest blog entry. This touches a continuum of my recent viewing of "Climate Refugees." There are so many pathways to innovating for the prevention of suffering, which I believe is the underlying issue for all in our biosystem. … Continue reading Population Influences