Holy Digital Footprint, Batman!

I’ve always taken for granted the idea that each of us has a digital footprint that lingers long after we’ve moved on. I once read a comment by dana boyd, where, thinking about a time she was asked if she regrets having online so much of her teen-age blogging, she wrote that she didn’t. It was a part of her past, and why should she […]

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Test Prep: Thoughts for a Former Student, Now Teaching

To My Esteemed Student, I’m sure you remember how I insisted there was no secret manual to becoming a teacher. And how I said any talk of what to do had to be grounded in a review of truth, reality, and your own developing pedagogy. (That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But you know how I like that big picture.) So, this is no different, except […]

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Homework Becomes Electric

As part of my class in curriculum theorizing, I have to devise a homework plan, something that will move me along in my own work as I engage the ideas and readings from class. I’m going to do it on my blog, under the category of Homework. We are in the middle of a revolution in public schooling, and I see it as a revolution […]

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When I Learned I Was White

A week ago, I read Jose Vilson’s Educon 2.3 reflection, “#Educon, Edu-Nerds, Chris Lehmann, and A Slice of Race in the 21st Century”. Jose’s post was a powerful reflection on race, told through an anecdote of a conference session he attended. In that session, a participant commented that inquiry-based learning may be great for some kids, but others might need direct instruction. Chris Lehman, principal […]

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The 12-Minute Shift

When you introduce people to the tools of the Web, things get noisy. People turn to their neighbors and talk, sometimes even about how to do the thing they’re supposed to be doing. (I’m talking about adults, here.) Suddenly there’s not just one idea being kicked around– the leader’s– there are ideas being lobbed in from all sides of the room. People get out of […]

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Take My Gradebook. Please.

It’s time to turn in grades. Thus begins the all too familiar struggle– at least, all too familiar for me. I’m always amazed at the certainty some teachers have about grading. They’re the teacher, they grade. Period. Me, I agonize. Do I grade each student according to his/her progress from the start of the semester the end, or do I compare student to student, lining […]

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What’s the Buzz: Collaboration

Buzzwords abound when we talk about teaching and learning in this era of new literacies. Collaboration is one of the big ones. “They” say that the ability to collaborate is one of the essential skills the children in our information-rich, social software-enabled world will need in order to fully participate. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture is one report that offers compelling arguments in support […]

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A New Way to Look at a Year

January makes us anticipate & reflect. Here’s an interesting way to capture a year. This would be a great activity for a class or school, or two classes or schools from different countries. Visit the 3six5 here

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Why Web 2.0 Teaching is Hard

Vicki Davis, author of the Cool Cat Teacher blog, gives a great explanation in a recent blog post. Now, good teachers can be coaches and not use Web 2.0 tools, however, if you are using Web 2.0 in the classroom you HAVE to be a coach. Web 2.0 or not, I wish more teachers were coaches.

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