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Missing the Context Misses the Purpose of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

Here is an educational policy riddle: How much background knowledge does a student need to read a historical text?According to New York Engage website: None.The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented state by state, and there is an emphasis from teaching students background knowledge to teaching students skills, specifically the skill of close reading.The pedegogy is explained…See More
Apr 15, 2013
Colette Marie Bennett posted a blog post

What Interdisciplinary Writing Assessments Could Learn from Saturday Night Live

This post completes a trilogy of reflections on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) which will be terminated once the new Smarter Balance Assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented. There will be at least one more year of the same CAPT assessments, specifically the Interdisciplinary Writing Prompt (IW) where 10th grade students write a persusive essay in response to news articles. While the horribly misnamed Response to Literature (RTL) prompt…See More
Mar 18, 2013
Colette Marie Bennett posted a blog post

Once You Go YouTube, You Can Never Go Back!

The teachers at the professional development session were visibly frustrated; I could hear the irritation in their comments. The presentation on the use of digital technology was to help them improve digital literacy across the content areas, but many of the sites in the demonstration were blocked by the school's Internet filter. I sympathized with their frustration because just three years ago, I was like them. Three years ago, our school's Internet filter blocked everything.…See More
Feb 17, 2013
Colette Marie Bennett commented on Tess Pajaron's blog post 30 Myths About eLearning that Need to Die in 2013
"I have one to add-"Students are digital natives". They are not; Students, like most adults, come with varying levels of ability. I find they would be happy staying on familiar digital platforms rather than explore on their own. We are 1:1…"
Jan 12, 2013
Colette Marie Bennett posted a blog post

Informational Text for Social Studies or English: "The Perils of Indifference" by Elie Wiesel

By my calculations, at the mid-point of the school year, many World History classes are studying World War II. Should these classes want to increase their use of an informational text in English or Social Studies curriculum, I suggest Elie Wiesel’s noteworthy speech …See More
Jan 11, 2013
Colette Marie Bennett posted a blog post

Common Language not in Common Core

Going back to school means that teachers and students will confront two philosophical statements. One statement is the school’s mission statement that quite literally confronts them as they enter a school building. The second statement is the statement of purpose for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that currently guides the curriculum for K-12 teachers in states that adopted the CCSS. Here is an interesting exercise. Below, there are three randomly selected school mission statements plus…See More
Aug 31, 2012
Trevor Teter commented on Colette Marie Bennett's blog post Can You Pay Attention for Eight Minutes? NBC Olympic Coverage Says “No”
"@Laurie: Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point may be the source of that study you were thinking of..."
Aug 11, 2012
Laurie S. Brown commented on Colette Marie Bennett's blog post Can You Pay Attention for Eight Minutes? NBC Olympic Coverage Says “No”
"I don't remember the source, but I do remember reading somewhere that Sesame Street helped to create the shortened attention span.  It was designed in 2 minute snippets.  Think about the other educational programs that have followed…"
Aug 10, 2012
Denny Dial commented on Colette Marie Bennett's blog post Can You Pay Attention for Eight Minutes? NBC Olympic Coverage Says “No”
"I, too, watched that race and thought pretty much the same thing--and also that in the "instant gratification" world we live in, who (what network) could expect viewers to sit through an 8 minute race?  I can't recall any…"
Aug 10, 2012
Linda Curtis commented on Colette Marie Bennett's blog post Can You Pay Attention for Eight Minutes? NBC Olympic Coverage Says “No”
"This thoughtful reflection brings up the question of attention span.  Has the attention span of our society as a whole really shortened?  Since I've been teaching 20+ years, I often feel that way.  While technology has improved…"
Aug 5, 2012
Colette Marie Bennett posted a blog post

Can You Pay Attention for Eight Minutes? NBC Olympic Coverage Says “No”

Watching the Olympics has been a mixture of admiration and frustration. Like many Americans, I was caught by the story of 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky who is the same age of many of my students. At 11:00 PM Friday night, there was engaging hype leading up to her 800 meter freestyle event. The NCB sports commentator noted, "The race will be about eight minutes," before the digital buzz sent the line of swimmers simultaneously into the pool. By the end of the first two minutes, Ledecky was a…See More
Aug 4, 2012
Michael Cunningham left a comment for Colette Marie Bennett
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Jun 17, 2012
J. Peter Sommer commented on Colette Marie Bennett's blog post They’re Not Digital Natives, They’re Digital Tourists!
""Bad Tourist", I love it! Some of what are new toys for us ends up just another version of work for them. We still need to awaken their curiosity, teach them to think. "
Jun 10, 2012
Colette Marie Bennett's blog post was featured

They’re Not Digital Natives, They’re Digital Tourists!

To all those who claim that all students today are digital “natives,” I beg to disagree.Digital natives are defined as those people who have grown-up using technology daily beginning in the 1960s, but the term is more commonly used to describe those born in the 21st Century. According to the PBS Frontline Website, 89 percent of 18- to 24-year-old Americans are online; Digital Natives…See More
Jun 10, 2012
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Jun 4, 2012
Richard Nelson commented on Colette Marie Bennett's blog post They’re Not Digital Natives, They’re Digital Tourists!
"I like the analogy of Digital Tourists and you are right in your observations of young people and technology. Young people have used technology to make life easier and enjoyable for themselves. They have therfore developed skills in using the…"
Jun 3, 2012

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Missing the Context Misses the Purpose of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 11:25am 0 Comments

Here is an educational policy riddle: How much background knowledge does a student need to read a historical text?

According to New York Engage website: None.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented state by state, and there is an emphasis from teaching students background knowledge to teaching students skills, specifically the skill of close…

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What Interdisciplinary Writing Assessments Could Learn from Saturday Night Live

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:01pm 0 Comments

This post completes a trilogy of reflections on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) which will be terminated once the new Smarter Balance Assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented. There will be at least one more year of the same CAPT assessments, specifically the Interdisciplinary Writing Prompt (IW) where 10th grade students write a persusive essay in response to news articles. While the horribly misnamed Response to Literature (RTL) prompt…

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Once You Go YouTube, You Can Never Go Back!

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 7:35am 0 Comments

The teachers at the professional development session were visibly frustrated; I could hear the irritation in their comments. The presentation on the use of digital technology was to help them improve digital literacy across the content areas, but many of the sites in the demonstration were blocked by the school's Internet filter. I sympathized with their frustration because just three years ago, I was like them. Three years ago, our school's Internet filter blocked everything.…

Continue

Informational Text for Social Studies or English: "The Perils of Indifference" by Elie Wiesel

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 11:52am 0 Comments

By my calculations, at the mid-point of the school year, many World History classes are studying World War II. Should these classes want to increase their use of an informational text in English or Social Studies curriculum, I suggest Elie Wiesel’s noteworthy speech …

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