Conversations are critical I’ve said it before, and so have most bloggers who were there, the conversations in the hallway and at the end of the day are as critical to what you will learn at a conference as the sessions. Sometimes they are more important, because as much as we are all intrigued by [...]
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The day started with a keynote by Yong Zhao who gave a talk that was a great antidote to the Opening Keynote, that upon reflection, becomes stranger and stranger. Here is his presentation on YouTube, but the essential message was be careful what you measure with students because they measurement can easily take-over the learning. [...]
Here are my tweets from the opening keynote at ISTE which featured Sir Ken Robinson after a video message from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, showing that while Sir Ken may be right about Americans being good at sarcasm, my rejoinder that we’re good at creating it, but not always intentionally was more apt.
Photo Credit: 100_7643 by greatnews, on Flickr It’s been three years since I’ve attended ISTE (it was called NECC last time I came in D.C.), and three years since I attended an EduBloggerCon (now renamed SocialEdCon to reflect how the medium is moving beyond blogs). Fortunately, I live in California near Steve Hargadon (who does much [...]
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:
- To reflect on how I am teaching, and how effective my practices are;
- To integrate and embed technology in the curriculum I teach; and,
- 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.
My philosophy of teaching is pragmatic (I’ll use what works, and I’m not particularly wed to one theory or another). I want students thinking critically, and engaged in what they are learning (Constructivism), but I know that many of my students (language learners and others) need schema, scaffolding, and explicit modeling, so I’m not afraid to use those as well.
My philosophy of technology education is that teaching comes first, but technology is an awesome tool to use to engage students, and help them create stuff. I prefer that the learning goal guide the use of technology, and not the other way around.
That’s the big picture. Other salient details are that I can be sharp, but I prefer to see the positive and connect with others rather than fighting and argufying. I can be hard on others (having high expectations), but no harder than I am on myself.
I can be contacted here.