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I wrote it for Gary…


Seriously! When I was getting together my presentation for ILC on using Technology for Language Development, I was thinking about Gary Stager’s railings against BrainPop and Voice Thread. Why? He didn’t show up to my presentation, but I did see his, and I have to say he has a very different approach to teaching and [...]

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Reflections on ILC Day Two


This day was much more fruitful for my learning. I only attended three sessions, and two of them were really helpful. First up was Josh Burker’s Scratch Presentation. Scratch had been recommended to me for improving engagement with elementary algebra instruction, so I was looking forward to learning more. I had downloaded and played with [...]

Reflection on Day One Sessions


Dr. Linda A. Gregg on Bridge the Achievement Gap through Technology Dr. Gregg works for an educational consulting company that works with struggling learners who are below grade level for a variety of reasons. The approach is what I think was best in the presentation. She discussed how they do a pre and post-assessment. Once [...]

Live Blog of Day 3 at ILC


Live Blog of Day Two at ILC 2008


Here is what I have planned, but it is subject to change due to cancellation, or a my whim: 8:45 PDT “Scratch” Your Students’ Programming Itch (Josh Burker) 10:30 PDT Wisdom of the Mob: How User-Contributed Material is Changing the Web (Arnie Abrams) 1:00 PDT New Strategies for Educational Assessment (Chris Dede) 4:00 PDT Web [...]

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Howdy! I teach sixth grade at an elementary school in Sacramento, CA. I started my career in Oakland, Ca, and moved here to Sacramento in 2001.

My goals are:

  1. To reflect on how I am teaching, and how effective my practices are;
  2. To reflect on my profession, and how effective various practices are;
  3. To understand the political and cultural context that we teach in; and,
  4. To network with other like-minded educators.

To help me reach my goals, I use this blog as a place for me to reflect on best practices, and the practices I’m (trying to) putting in place in my classroom.

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