I pulled up the note on my iPod the other day, the one that I wrote last December to chart all my New Year's Resolutions. I'm doing pretty well. I've been financially responsible. I'm 6 lbs from my Jan 1 '11 goal weight. I've sent birthday cards and gift cards to every family member so far this year.But then there's the one about the reading...I was supposed to read 4 professional books. I haven't read one. And here it is September.So please help me find some sense of accomplishment in my…See More
Hey fellow language teachers--our state language teachers association conference is this coming weekend and @jannachiang and I are doing a 3-hour workshop on the PLN. I'm going to be showing attendees the eduPLN here. Would you give them a shout-out and suggest one tool, tech or otherwise, to use for either writing or speaking assessment, and mention which part of this NING is helpful to you?Thanks!See More
"I don't have a solution for you except to tell you 1) I don't think you're being unreasonable and 2) I sympathize and 3) keep amassing your resources because your situation will not always be the same. I do have a committed classroom…"
"Thanks! @teachpaperless is a great resource, been following him for a long time! My students have been turning things in on Google docs occasionally, but I teach Spanish and don't believe homework is terribly beneficial in that subject, so we…"
"I'm not sure which you should pick, but whichever you do mention in your proposal the difficulty of making the choice. Also, http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/ is an outstanding resource for going paperless."
I've been wanting to really go paperless for a while but I and my students and my school just don't have the technology for it. One of my summer projects is to apply for a grant to take my class paperless next year with an interactive whiteboard and ipads. My first application is the Pepsi refresh project at the $5k level (I teach part-time, advanced electives, so I only have about 20 students so that's enough). They ask you to choose environment or education. The proposal is both. Which…See More
"Awesome... my students are about to rewrite the "if you give a mouse a cookie" using unreal if clauses in Spanish next week and I've assigned them to use storybird for it, but I think I'll post this link on their class blog and…"
With the emergence of social media and emerging technology how do know what type of technology to use in the classroom. This group will provide a discussion area for best practices when using this type of technology in education.See More
Hi Sara! Yes, great point. And we are all new at these huge changes but the point is to take risks and experiment new options, new ways to do the things we were doing as granted, new technologies. But how??? Trying, doing, commiting mistakes and learning with them.
Maya Angelou was right; "people will never forget how you made them feel".When was the last time you read something and felt really worried or annoyed by it? Maybe it was a text, or an email? Perhaps a post on Facebook or a Tweet? Or even a blog? And reading it gave you an instant reaction. You might have felt angry, or frustrated, or thought to your self, “What a cheek”. You might even have laughed out loud. When did that last happened to you?It’s only wordsHow can written words evoke feelings…See More
"At the school level, I think teachers need to set the agenda for PD. Most often it is district mandated or admin-selected. If teachers could choose the content, or arrange for different options, I think that would really help invest…"
"Your words "any chance to interact with more experienced teachers" are very relevant, I think, to all levels of education and professional development. Self-selected and self-driven are important too, but sometimes we need the…"
"Sara- I have taught in a younger preschool classroom and used a more emergent, self-directed approach to handwriting. We used some of the HWT materials but never worked straight from the curriculum.
I am, however, very well versed in using…"