In the dream world of Arne Duncan et. al., it’s possible to measure learning because learning = Important Stuff You Know and the number of Important Things can be counted. All you have to do is look on sheets of paper to see how many black dots are in the correct rows. And don’t worry superintendents and principals– there are plenty of materials to help […]
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.
Too much work. That’s what my students told me in the midterm survey I usually give– anonymous, of course. (I used surveymonkey.com) I hear this a lot. In my own defense: I do assign a lot of work. It’s a writing class, after all; you can’t teach writing unless you write, and you gotta read about why if you’re going out into the world of […]
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A while ago, I wrote about having a crop of M.A. students who don’t know what it’s like to go to school without high-stakes testing as an integral part of their experience. The class is actually two linked classes, the Teaching of Writing and Writing Nonfiction. After all, you can’t teach writing if you’re not writing, so they write a lot, and workshop the pieces […]
Arne Duncan is delivering a “major policy address” in a couple of days. I went back and forth about going. On the one hand, it’s interesting to hear policy leaders up close and personal. On the other, it’s a sure bet I’ll be unhappy with what he says. I know listening to many points of view is a sign of being a mature and responsible […]
This was a good week and a bad week. I came closer to understanding what I want to find out about digital writing, i.e., how do you spell dissertation. This suggests I have a greater chance of researching and writing one than I did last week at this time. (Good!) I also had some sweet teaching moments. (Good!) More about those in a minute. First, […]
Last time I blogged, I talked about how ticked off I was about the impossibilities of teaching in the increasingly restrictive environment of NCLB. A couple of people responded with comments that had the tone of yeah, we feel that way too. But what can we do? They sounded resigned. Powerless. On the way to curling into a fetal position and staying under the covers. […]