Comedy Seriously Inspires Me to Advocate for Excellence in Education

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

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Piggy-Back Blogging on Podcasts 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!

YouTube Conversations as Generative, Authentic Writing and Intellectual Discourse

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

Heros

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

“Assessment” is Ruining Education!

"'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!