All Hands on Deck

Conflicts of Interest? [Sigh]

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 […]

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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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Making Lemonade

Last week I was feeling a little sour about the results of the anonymous mid-semester survey about how class was going, so I used a chunk of class time to respond, to talk about changes I’d be willing to make, to tell them where I thought they needed to step up. Then we moved into problem-solving mode. I told them I’d heard them loud and […]

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Deeper into the brave new world

Too much work. That’s what my students told me in the midterm survey I usually give– anonymous, of course. (I used 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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What’s happened on the web in the last 15 seconds

Gary Hayes’Social Media Count

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Mid-semester in a brave new world, i.e., my class

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 […]

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The week ahead

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 […]

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It’s not the computers, stupid

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, […]

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Hitting the wall? No thanks, I’m busy (tearing it down)

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. […]

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