This morning like so many other students across the country, my students wanted to talk about Ferguson. They had questions that I didn’t have answers for, “why are people setting things on fire?” “Why are the police shooting tear gas at people?” “How long will the riots last?” But the best question I heard was […]Read more "Teaching Students About the Media"
I went to Boston once, it was for six hours in 1999. A friend and I flew from Chicago to Providence, then drove to Boston for dinner, a Red Sox game, and drinks. Then we drove back to Providence, spent the night, and flew back to Chicago the next morning. My total time away from […]Read more "A plea to my Twitter friends in Boston"
As kids, we loved Teacher Institute Day. We got to stay home while our teachers went to work. We never knew what they did, and we didn’t really care. All that mattered was the day at home playing with friends, watching TV, and not being at school. As teachers, we’ve seen what is on the […]Read more "Professional Development 2.0"
Tomorrow night, a friend and I are going to host our first ever Twitter-chat. After participating in a district sponsored chat, I found myself seeking out other “chats.” I chatted with the #sschat, #edtechchat, #tlap, #sstlap, and a bunch of others that I stumbled across. I found it disappointing though – none of the chats […]Read more "My growth through Twitter"
As teachers, we often struggle with what to bring home. I find myself planning, grading, and reflecting at home, and I’m ok with that. In fact, I’d be upset with myself if I didn’t bring that work home. Yesterday, I brought something home from work that I wasn’t happy about. During my last period, I […]Read more "Bringing work home"
At a meeting today, we were discussing reading in social science when someone said, “you can’t read without writing.” While some may be puzzled by this, I think every teacher (and hopefully every student) knows exactly what this means. You. Have. To. Annotate. Booknoting, annotating, marking, commenting, all of it means the same thing, have […]Read more "You can’t read without writing"
My son Oliver and I have been reading The Captains Dog by Roland Smith. It tells the story of Lewis and Clark from the point of view of Lewis’s dog. Never did I think I would be applying the story of Lewis and Clark to a blog, but here I go. For the past year and […]Read more "Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forward"