Hi, Rick! I don't know why, but I love 8th graders, too. It may be because my experience as an 8th grader (so many years ago) was 'memorable.' They are my fave group, too. I teach Government to seniors in the summer and they're fine to work with, but give me my 8th graders most times!
Hey, I'm sure you've seen this but I thought I'd send it along anyway. Made me think of an extension on our digital portfolio discussion.
Hey there. Would you mind if I gave my dad your name to connect with on this site? He's new to this process and I thought looking around your page would give him a better idea of what he could do than my basically new one.
Thanks Rick for applying to join our on-line science fair wiki. Please feel free to add your own ideas and student work - it can be very motivating for students to see the work of others! I would appreciate your feedback on any features or tools that would be appropriate to add to this learning space.
Best Regards, Britt Gow
Hi, this is Kevin. Hope your summer is going well and you had some time to relax.
I've started a new Ning network for Middle School Science Teachers and I thought you might like to join as you are (may be) also a m.s. science teacher. I thought it would be really good to have just middle school science teachers share some of their labs, demos, concerns, what works and what doesn't about teaching this level. Hope to see you there.
sorry i didn't get back to you until now. I've been so busy with grading and mid terms and you name it. I always hate end of the quarter.
Anyway, I don't use blogging in my classrooms now because our district doesn't allow it. I am currently cunducting research on the advantages and disadvantages of blogging in the classroom to change the policy of using blogs and wikis within the classroom. I want them to allow it.
Though if when you get your blog set up and running, if i can take a look at it, and maybe ask you some questions for my research i would love that. I'm looking to get the perspective of newer teachers to using blogging as well as teachers that i have been doing it for a while.
I saw a comment you left for Jay Fogleman about using web 2.0 tools in science teacher preparation. I started a community for my secondary science methods class. It would be great if I could recruit a few inservice science teachers to join! http://teachingscience.ning.com/
Class starts on Tuesday, so it is pretty sparse now.
These students will also be mentoring science fair teams in Dubai via Blackboard...should be fun!
What grade do you teach? I work with middle school teachers. Do you have blog pages in your site for each student? How do you manage that? I notice that you are using wordpress. Do you have it on your own server or school server?
Great work! I am a new instructional technology coach in a rural middle school in South Carolina. My biggest goal is to teach teachers that have never heard of WEB 2.0. I would like to borrow some of your ideas to share.
I teach a physical science curriculum. Rensselaer is a small city school district with surprisingly similar issues that pertain to a rural school. I'm the ONLY 8th grade science teacher in the district. Networking I've found is not just good; its essential.
My parents have a house in Ossipee, NH, not too far from Conway. It is beautiful up there. We will be spending a week on Lake Ossipee in August.
Thanks again for the wiki spaces info. Your climate wiki looks great. I really liked the way you structured it and included the agreement, rubric and directions. I hope you don't mind if I use some of you stuff when we start our genetics wiki.