I get overwhelmed by choice very easily. In fact, one of the reasons I like being a pescatarian (vegetarian + fish) is that it instantly reduces my choices at restaurants. As much as I like feeling in control, I don't mind when particular choices are unavailable to me because it means less decision-making stress. Sheena … Continue reading Choice, Choices, Choices
Overheard in my high school blended learning class last week... How do you teach someone something without just telling it to them? I want to play a game, but what if everyone else plays games in their lessons and people get bored of games? You're not going to bail us out if the tech fails?! … Continue reading This Is Hard!
I'm presenting at the Southeastern Brain Conference being held at my school tomorrow. I'll be talking about the blended learning class my students and I have been creating (really feels like a collaborative venture) over the past school year. Definitely one of the most exciting, challenging things I've done in teaching. Students are currently working … Continue reading Southeastern Brain Conference
A teacher working on her post-bac teaching certification wrote to ask me some questions for her Foundations of Education class. Below is my response. Feel free to push back/disagree or extend in the comments section. Those are some big questions! I could write for pages on any one of them, so a caveat that this … Continue reading Answering Questions About Education
We finished our first full week of school today. A few quick reflections... Mind warp at mad speed This year I'm piloting a blended learning class at our school. It's a 11/12th grade section of US History that meets twice per week in the classroom. On the other days, students have assignments to complete online … Continue reading First Week Reflections
Before my Upper School History class met for the first time, I asked them to complete a quick info form, so I could get a better sense of them as students. I wordled the responses to a couple of the questions. EDIT: I want to note that the sample size for this was 11, and … Continue reading Death By Lecture
No, not that Dr. Drew, but Dr. Drew Becker, the Paleontologist. Drew is only 5, and one of the great things about the video is how much Drew loves dinosaurs and how clearly that comes across. He's also ok with ambiguity and tells us the three different ideas about why the amargasaurus had a "sail … Continue reading Dr. Drew