Raising hand: How can I sign up?

EdWeek summed up pretty well the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) most recent report on educational technology.  The report focused on the state of educational technology use in our schools today and tomorrow.  This report comes right when I am about to submit a term paper on technology leadership.  (…Really?…Re…ally?  Re….vision!)  Some interesting issues Read More …

Where’s the literature on edtech leadership?

I am at it again: back to school because I just love learning.  This summer, I enrolled in a Type 75 / Admin certification program at the University of Illinois’ College of Education.  As I work through some of my  coursework this semester, I am realizing that there is really a vacuum of academic writing Read More …

Teaching Inference: literary inferences

My incoming freshmen just couldn’t seem to get the idea of inferring a literary reference until I let slip some lyrics about shooting stars in a last ditch effort at making them understand the reference…  I think we were pretty close to all breaking into song and I lost quite a lot of credibility. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsQ0WCLUXy8 Read More …

TGIF: what went right about the schoolday

Text: Fever 1793 Some small behavioral worries aside, I am very happy with the way my students worked together today.  I tried a modified version of lit circles today in class.  I needed to get through four chapters of reading today to remain on-track with my novel completion goals.  Here’s how it worked… very well. Read More …

as easy as looking up two definitions

Teaching can, actually, be easy.  I had a student come down for help on deciphering what the poem, “Those Winter Sundays” was supposed to be saying.  I had him pull out his materials while I wheeled my chair over, laptop in hand (because I knew what was going to happen). We went through the poem, Read More …