My last post was about how teachers don’t have enough time to do everything we need to do, so it may seem like producing a classroom website is just adding work to an already overloaded schedule. I have to confess: At first it is a bit labor intensive. Unlike so many tasks thrust upon us … More The Power of the Blog
It’s like The Daily Post has been choosing writing prompts just for me lately. So, I’m writing this post in response to the writing prompt “The New School.” You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will … More If Wishes Were Horses
When I finished this post, it was not what I set out to write. I wanted to write a happy feel-good post, but somehow, I ended up on a soap box preaching on the town green. I tried to keep the spittle at a minimum, but you still might want to keep at a safe … More If I Could Make It Happen
I have an article published on The Edvocate on using Twitter in the classroom called “The Power of 140 Characters.” While you’re there, check out the rest of the site. This is a great site for finding out what’s going on in the field of education right now and getting new ideas.
Is Teaching really a Profession? A topic dear to my heart that I have read much about lately is whether or not teaching is an actual profession. As I began my research for writing this post, I discovered that part of the problem is that there is no clear consensus on what exactly denotes a … More Doctors and Lawyers and … Teachers?
I’ve been giving quite a bit of attention to my little feathered friend lately, but now I feel it’s time to go back to some basics. My school has been back in session for a little over six weeks now, giving me time to evaluate how my own work writing has affected my ability to … More A Writing Teacher
I may not be completely enamored with Twitter, but the more I use it, the more I like it. I find that since my students are naturally receptive to this format, my use of it enhances my ability to connect with them. I’ve been using Twitter with my classes for six weeks now, and … More Twitterpated
I’m writing this post in response to a prompt from my Writing 101 class. My assignment was to respond to a post from Twitter. Well, this was quite the coincidence since I’ve been incorporating Twitter into my own lessons this year. So, here I am on the other side of the desk again. This time, … More I Had No Idea…That’s How I Got One!
Until I started working with Twitter, I had only been aware of the pointless, vapid side of the social media network: updates about every celebrity faux pas, pointless inside jokes, jokes that aren’t funny, or 140-character feuds that are funny. With the growing push to include technology into instruction, however, I decided to give the … More Go, Bird, Go!
Students hate homework. I did. I do my best not to overwhelm my students with homework; unfortunately, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The axiom “Practice makes perfect” is around for a good reason. The key to successful homework is creating practice that will engage students. I am delving more and more into the world … More Stealth Teaching