I work for the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning as an educational programs consultant. I spend most of my time mentoring/coaching teachers in content literacy, and supporting teachers teaching math in a hybrid environment, while pursuing my PhD in curriculum and instruction in math ed. My wife and I are the happy parents of four teenage daughters.
Took a little while to get back. Your thesis idea sounds interesting and I would lke to take a look and give my reactions. I am interested in incorporating a spreadsheet into all math courses so the arithmetic becomes invisible and the students can concentrate on the math.
By the way, do you notice learning styles in math. For example, geometry and more graphically oriented material vs algebra and more digitally oriented material.
Hey Roland, more good points you are making about the "power" of the arts and in particular music. I see it as an academic middle ground especially for my at-risk and reluctant learners. Talking about the meaning of songs and lyrics seems to create an intellectual "comfort zone" for my students where they begin to engage in critical thinking about course content themes and ideas. My area is social studies but will look around for music and math resources.
Good points in your reply regarding social networks, I have been using comments on my arts in education MySpace to engage and motivate middle school students. Since MySpace is blocked at my school, and the students are young to be using MySpace I simply cut and paste the comments at home into a word document and share them with my classes that way. Check them out...
-10 right now; it's been as low as -26. We haven't been above zero in the past two weeks; really odd for the Anchorage Bowl. The snow's beautiful though as I get ready to take my labs out snowshoeing. Thanks for asking. I lived in KY years ago; I was a drill sergeant at Fort Know in the early 80s. Art
Thanks for your comments on the math/literacy blog. It looks as if we have similar occupations and interests. I coach/mentor teachers in literacy education. I see you are interested in technology as well. Did you ever go to the Alan November conference in July? It's a great experience.
Roland: Thanks for the idea. I intend to use it for my very next thread. I just gave it a look see. I didn't see a limit on words, and I'm going to assume each discussion will post without interference with any other post? I'd really like to move away from the "journals" and go digital where ever possible. I've been reluctant because of the issue with students posting over one another. Perhaps you've provided the answer I was looking for. Incidentally, I've been giving serious consideration to pursuing a doctorate in curriculum development too!