An archived stack of papers: December 2007

The Importance Of Clarity

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Dec
  • 31
  • 2007

Something about an easy message, this video stuck out to me. The rest of The IT Crowd is hilarious and worth watching, from what little I’ve seen, but this piece should be in all the teacher ed schools. Imagine if something simple like 911 (or the even simpler 999 in England, apparently) changed to something difficult:... read more

CommentPress

In a stack of papers called Grading.

  • Dec
  • 26
  • 2007

I want to get this out there before I head off to my brother’s for a few days so here’s CommentPress. This looks promising for grading student writing online. Thanks to James for mentioning this a few days ago. I wouldn’t have known about it, otherwise.

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Need Timelines?

In a stack of papers called Technology.

  • Dec
  • 24
  • 2007

A few sites for creating timelines briefly appeared previously, but I keep meaning to write a consolidated entry for posterity. That and I just found a new site today that’s way cooler than what I had before. Need timelines? You have a few options.

The... read more

Published!

In a stack of papers called Personal.

  • Dec
  • 22
  • 2007

I didn’t want to say anything here until I had the book and check in hand. Well, the book arrived yesterday and the check last week. It’s long been a goal of mine to have something published in a print source; that’s now happened and I’m excited, honored, and humbled all at the same time.

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Picture Write

In a stack of papers called Writing.

  • Dec
  • 18
  • 2007

Something hit me tonight, browsing around and thinking about how to fix a mess I’ve made of student writing this semester (more on that tomorrow — possible solutions first, though you don’t know the exact problem yet). I’ve spent... read more

In My Backyard, Please

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Dec
  • 16
  • 2007

My district just had a board meeting last Thursday and consideration of a KIPP high school was on the agenda. As of this writing, I don’t know how that meeting went, but I’ll find out and post an update. At my school, we had strong voices against the charter school, desperate for its disapproval. Folks scoured the charter paperwork in the hopes that KIPP... read more

Abstract Art And English

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Dec
  • 03
  • 2007

On Friday, I collected a piece of writing (another paragraph) based on “Young Goodman Brown” (Word) (PDF), the short story we just read. In an effort to turn my... read more

Lil Wayne Or Snoop Dogg

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Dec
  • 01
  • 2007

What do you do when you start thinking that your subject is worthless? “You know, maybe the students are right. Maybe this is all completely irrelevant to their lives.” What do you do when you look at your content standards and think, “why would the average person need to know any of this?” What happens when you decide that what you are doing in class is not going to prepare... read more