"I'll just put in a couple of thoughts: passion and expertise for a start.
Second, a great collection of students clamouring for the expertise and sharing the passion. In high school education, I rarely get the second line. I get who I get…"
A colleague of mine (Fred Deutsch) published this quote on fb"Thoughtful education post by a high school principal: "It seems like we are now at a crossroads between what the reformers think is best for elevating education in our country and the opinions of actual educators who work with students day in and day out.""The full text is here.Turning down the volume a little for hyperbole, I think the…See More
"Ian, my school librarian and dear friend Linda agrees exactly with you. She thinks you are much more likely to experience serendipity by browsing through books than by cruising around on the internet. I'm not quite sure which offers the very…"
Our state library culls its books from time to time. I rarely do. One of us is wrong! But in their culls I get to find some poor abandoned books to bring home and care for. Life counts is one of those.Old now (2000) but in its 280-odd pages it contains some superb infograms (we'd call them now),…See More
It’s all about communityThey sayBut OHS and IEP and CPRReplace our cups of tea. We meet and watch and listenDiscuss and plan and plotDiscussion never turns to talkTalk's sand in the machine? I think our staff is humanIt used to be that wayBefore we were the postiesFor the teaching of the day. It’s all about communityThey sayAnd care and comprehensivenessI think. But when we sat at lunch and talkedAgenda-freeAnd focus-lessThat’s WHEN we were community(and more folks came to lunch!)See More
Found this the other day while browsing my shelves. The anthology I have it in is The Kingfisher Book of Comic Verse selected by Roger McGough. (Lots of other terrific classroom engaging poetry too. imho)Colour of My DreamsI'm a really rotten readerthe worst in all the class,the sort of rotten readerthat makes you want to laugh.I'm last in all the readin' tests,my score's not on the pageand when I read to teachershe gets in such a rage.She says I cannot form my wordsshe says I can't build upand…See More
Tell about your involvement in education, and your ideals for collegial sharing
I'm a teacher and a learner. Scratch me, and I want to communicate and help people understand something. I want to be able to do it better - so I'm keen to see what other practitioners have to share - and share what I can. My loves are science - especially physics, mathematics, ethics and epistemology, religion, theology and the relations between science and religion. I've been teaching and preaching and studying and reflecting for some 35+ years. I like the idea of collegial sharing, ideas and case studies of successful teaching escapades - but as an individualist, I'm not keen on being part of a team teaching situation ( I'll share pedagogy, but not 'on the ground' practice!)
I'm a country boy from northern Victoria, Australia - currently teaching at a secondary Catholic College in Tasmania - in a mixture of subjects; Mathematics, Religion and Computer Studies. One wife, three children. Love British comedy, music of most kinds, reading, quietness. Conversation at times. (I mentally respond to the question "How would you like your hair cut?" with "Silently"). Enneagram type 5 - (a knowledge gatherer who has to be prodded to share what I know up to now - after all, there may be new stuff I'm not aware of and I want to be accurate!)
I don't keep a website - but I'm working on a GoogleLibrary, link below
Wow! This is wonderful! First time I've had conversation with others online. Very exciting. I'm really drawn to Skip Zilla's interest in rhetoric. I harp about noticing rhetorical devices when we look at primary documents and love linguistics and the use of words in general. Media literacy is so important these days, so rhetoric deserves a front and center place in the educational discussion.
Hello, Ian. Here's a link to a site I could not prevent myself from passing on to you: http://rhetoric.byu.edu/. It may at first seem like a very old-fashioned study and mastery, but I can imagine bright young minds benefiting from practiced skills in the art and artifice of rhetoric, especially when challenged by the 24/7, in-your-face modern world of slick uses of persuasion and propaganda and advertising, in the media of nearly every field of endeavor and enterprise. I, myself, intend to spend fifteen or so minutes every day hopefully learning and practicing what I don't know about the art and science of rhetoric which may improve my writing and speech (and reading and listening at the same time). Maybe others will see the benefits of how to better understand how they use language, unconsciously and consciously, ineffectively and effectively.
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