As a middle school teacher, if I have learned anything about being an effective teacher, I have learned it's all about connection. Not connection with 'the class' because there's no such thing as 'the class'. The connection(s) you must cultivate are those between you and each and every student.
Students will largely forget what you say to them but they will never forget how you made them feel. Connection offers the opportunity for you to build… Continue
This blog and it's sister blog has as its focus bringing to light the game changers of 21st century technologies and globalization as related to Education and how teaching and learning gets done in (U.S.) schools. The very first posts were critical commentaries about the perceived fear and obstruction of schools in terms of adopting new and potentially transformative learning… Continue
Added by Andrew on May 29, 2009 at 8:39am —
Just as there is a problematic digital divide among regions of the U.S., where some students have 24/7 access to information while others have no access, there is a problematic division between teacher's understanding of and use of technology for learning. I am talking, here, about situations where technology would actually be significantly more beneficial than traditional means of learning.
It seems we may be approaching a point where technology standards ought to be developed for… Continue
My "flat world " editorial was published in the Berkshire Eagle May 17, 2009--http://is.gd/AGny with book recommendations. Probably redundant for many Classroom 2.0 folks but huge in my local scene. Many don't even "get" what I'm talking about. Long roads to travel here.
BTW, that's become my focus: Acting locally while thinking Globally. I'm calling it GLOCAL EDUCATION.
Added by Andrew on May 17, 2009 at 7:36pm —
This post will be used in a graduate level class I am teaching focused on 21st century learning tools. If interested, please use the comment feature below this post to answer the following knowing that what you write may be used in this class. Thanks in advance to all contributors
* As a teacher, what is your actual experience in the area of Professional Development?
* What is your ideal? What do you seek from Professional Development?
* How can/might Web 2.0 tools assist…
If we want success and a renewed sense of purpose in the classroom and for our students, we need to continually review what we do and insist that what we do matches both what we believe and what we expect which, as a composite, is our Ideal......
Added by Andrew on October 20, 2008 at 10:52am —
I have merged my Education-themed weblogs. It was a marriage that seemed inevitable. In reality, I was testing the waters with Typepad and Wordpress (self hosted) and Wordpress won. The content on both blogs was similar and was centered around provoking thought about school/teaching practices at this particular point in the evolution of Education.
I will continue this work, though, with a greater intensity and focus as I am no longer "split" by the… Continue
This list I made at the end of last year still has relevance-
Throughout the school year, I often reflect on the changes I have made with regard to instructional strategies. This year has been biggie for utilizing web tools and software in and out of the classroom. As a consequence, I have been more connected to student’s real learning needs. I have also been able to effectively handle the massive ‘data pile’ of student work and assessments…
I've written about the fear of the internet
before. I consider this fear to be a real barrier in schools even
though so many enlightened educators are using technology in effective
and inspiring ways (ie..Classroom2.0!). Angela brings up a great point. To wit: "We can’t control the information. Suddenly, there are too many options.
Every time you teach, you are marketing your character. You are marketing your character, your efficiency, your trustworthiness and your resourcefulness. You are marketing to gain the trust of your customers (students). How?
By giving constructive feedback early and often: You gain trust that you care. By demonstrating how to solve the same problems asked of students: You gain student confidence in your abilities and respect of your skills. By creating opportunities for… Continue
Added by Andrew on December 20, 2007 at 9:48am —
I believe that fear of the Internet by parents, administrators and school boards is blocking the opportunity for real learning to take place in schools. Most school districts have Internet use policies in place. These policies, however, are restrictive and punitive. Very few
Internet policies in school districts encourage the use of the Internet
as a learning tool in the classroom.…
Seth Godin writes about the ubiquitous practice by businesses of sending their customers away without solving their problems. Somewhere along the line, businesses bought into the notion that if you ‘appear to be listening’
that’s all people want anyway.
It is, of course, maddening if you are on the receiving end of this “service”. I have experienced it. Worse than this, though, is when it…