"Ok, back to the original inquiry. You have 50 minute periods, one computer per seven or eight kids, shaky Internet access, and some site-blocking going on. You're wondering whether Problem-based learning could be part of the class ?
"OK - So there are two different threads in this conversation... maybe more.
I am not sure that there are two streams of separate groups of students going down two paths. What I see in a split between personal access to technology and academic…"
"Jerry, the equity issue is huge. Let's talk about that. There's a big split, a great divide. Students in America seem to be going down two streams now, and it's not exactly what people think. You probably know…"
1. Access to internet is daily for me, but my kids have rare access. I have four computers with internet access in my classroom for 30 students per period. They are basic pc systems with no cameras or other attached…"
"Hey, here is a reference for you. Paul Curtis is speaking at Learning and the Brain, about exactly what you asked. Here's a link to the school he helped design:
I like him a lot. He talks…"
I'm willing to experiment with you to give it a try. First, some questions: can you let me know what your internet access is like, and what tools/apps you can use? Do you want to start a class network first? I…"
So - Connie Weber posted on Facebook about problem based learning. I LOVE the idea of problem based learning and have instituted at a few places in my career. One of Connie's premises, however, is that teachers not provide an outline. I work in a classroom where my students are diverse. My students are diverse in their socio-economic situations (homelessness, etc.), and in their intellectual capabilities, among others. Additionally, I live in WA State in a district that is very proactive in…See More
Tell about your involvement in education, and your ideals for collegial sharing
I am an 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Washington State. I am currently working on Washington's incredibly exciting and important Indian Sovereignty curriculum which stems from HB1495 encouraging districts to teach local tribal history in the schools. I am interested in seeing what teachers are doing especially in the realm of Civic education, and project based learning.
Connie Weber was my third and fourth grade teacher waaaaaaaaaaaaay back when I was an A2 kid.
Married to a 4th grade teacher and my college sweetheart.
2 gorgeous kids.
This is my 17th year of teaching.
One awesome dog, River.
I live one mile from the place where my great, great grandmother homesteaded in Yelm, WA after escaping her cheating husband and travelling with 5 boys by covered wagon.
I just wrote a note to your mom on Facebook. Sometimes the world does seem like a small place. People who are important to each other can find ways to reconnect. Especially with the revolution of communication tools going on today. Hey, would love to have an update on how things are going in life, and also what you're thinking about in your current teaching. About civic education--what have you learned? How is the Indian Sovereignty curriculum curriculum going, for instance? Oh, just drop by and say hi, no essay necessary! (Once a teacher...always.... Can I give you a journal assignment? "Draw this sound the way it would look as a texture," etc. Remember those crazy assignments?)
You have a lot going on! Thanks for the note.
I'll really want to hear about your experience with National Boards--and everything else.
Hopefully you'll be the one who figures out how to juggle all these things successfully, and then you'll teach us all! I get run kind of ragged sometimes. Need a lot of woods walks to counterbalance things.
We should talk soccer coaching sometime, too. I've been a coach for about 18 years or so. It's fascinating work.
Those National Boards: what will that require from you? Is it a year-long deal?
Hang in there.... spring is surely coming!
Ok, you know what, I said too much on the greeting to you. I mostly mean, SO GLAD to hear from you.
Your dog River, looks like a joy. I have a dog named Kye now; she's a tracker. Spent many a weekend out in the woods with her. She loves hunting things down.
What does River like to do?
Ok, is this a dream, or what? This is one of the reasons I had in mind as I set up Fireside--that educators could be in touch with the people they taught, long after. So that they could continue the learning together. Jerry, I welcome you and feel honored that you are here.
What dog did I have when I taught you? Mowgli, the dalmatian?
We were in the outbuilding of the church on South Seventh. Those were the days. Seems we had a lot of time to be remarkably creative, and those days are largely gone by; the NCLB-era has changed all that.
And you've become a teacher, and about half of your years as a teacher have been within this age, of constricted exploration and emphasis on "knowledge-bits" and their regurgitation. Do you see the age you're teaching in as different from the age in which you were a student?
I do, but in the opposite way: things are overall way loosened up from when I was a kid. Less boring. More open. But as a teacher I've seen it a whole lot more open than it is now; I see a swing back now thats gotten things much closer to how it was when I was growing up in the 50s.
Ok, so you have two kids. How do you view their education?
(And isn't parenting the most demanding, humbling experience you've ever been through?!)
I am so glad to have you here. I treasure your presence. ( Get Chelsea, Kevin, any others who are important to you to join too, ok?)
By the way, thank you for your initiative, finding me on Facebook. I barely go there, but keep a presence to link it to this site. Yea... it worked very successfully in this case.
Welcome... please join in! Start any discussions you'd like. Let us know what you're learning!
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