I dig technology when it’s used well and thoughtfully and purposefully. Heck, sometimes I just dig shiny things. But I have to say that what I like and what’s worth spending time on and with in a classroom are two very different circles in the Venn diagram of my life. I often hear that teachers […]Read More If You Need a Plan B, Maybe Just Go With That Instead
When I was a kid, I didn’t do too well with eating my vegetables. My mom, wanting to see some eaten, offered me plenty of salad dressing to eat with the vegetables I wouldn’t, and I got awfully fond of salad dressing. But not so much the vegetables. I was in my twenties before I discovered […]Read More Let’s Skip the Salad Dressing
Cindy’s been doing some work with the Common Core State Standards and Hamlet. And in her latest post on the work, she gets at something that I think is essential when it comes to working with standards – any standards. But it’s often forgotten: Part of me is pretty darn convinced that it involves our subversive […]Read More "Stay True to What We Know"
I love the guitar. And James Taylor is masterful with one. But his new “guitar lessons” are a good reminder of a few things: They might not be “teaching.” He’s showing what he does. Modeling of a sort. But you can’t find the value in something like that until you have some knowledge of what […]Read More Guitar Lessons. But What's A Lesson?
“For me the classroom is a place of paradox, grace, and vulnerability. My experiences in the classroom lead me to more fully live into the person I imagine I am becoming. Teaching and learning along with students who are discovering who they are have given me the opportunity to consider how my vulnerabilities affect who […]Read More Quite Right
This afternoon, as I was reviewing notes from a meeting that I really hope turns into something interesting, I ran across this line: I just want it to be sexy for Colorado educators to be reflective about their practice. It turns out that I said that. And, well, yeah. I mean it. As I see […]Read More The Post in Which I Discover a Note in Which I Said Something Smart
Anne Collier‘s sharing a new report on online safety and technology, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet.” I wasn’t eager to see yet another report, as I’ve read a few – but as I skimmed the first several pages, I understood why she was excited by the work. She was the co-chair of the Online […]Read More It’s Alive. And I Like It.
I’ve assigned many research projects in my time as a teacher. Perhaps you have, too. Research, the process of looking and re-looking at the way an issue or idea has been explored, is a vital part of learning. Perhaps you, like me, have assigned research projects that required that students cite their sources, and perhaps […]Read More What’s “Print?”
Earlier this morning, I tweeted this: Do you ever want to say to folks who scream they don’t want their private lives online: “Maybe you should just try to be a better person.” ? And I realized that I didn’t quite say what I meant there. I believe that privacy is important and special, and […]Read More On Modeling
Ever since we opened up lots more of the Internet in our school district earlier this year, the district has received several requests from teachers and other staff to block resources that are distractions in the classroom. I’ve written a stock response to those requests that I thought might be worth sharing. It’s my hope […]Read More Would You Please Block?