"Ok, I will "bite the hook" on this one. First, the revised website seems easier to me--not sure why. Next, I have a wonderful library. It is an entire room, with bay windows overlooking the Atlantic. On the walls…"
"Connie, if you click on the link www.deerisle.com (embedded in my post) you will see Main Street in Stonington, where I live on the island of Deer Isle. We are about an hour away from Bar Harbor (by car) and closer by boat. This is a fishing village…"
"A beautiful writing, Stephen. Yes, a dialogue with the sun.
The sun has been consistently hiding here in Michigan.
I would love to see some pictures of your area. Thinking about the lobster boats intrigues me. Oh, to live at sea's edge...…"
"“Fighting with the Sun”
by Stephen York, Stonington, Maine http://www.deerisle.com/
The early sun guiltily kisses my face, feigning repentance for its most recent avoidance of my presence. “Your absence is intolerable,” I…"
Tell about your involvement in education, and your ideals for collegial sharing
Professional cooperative learning is the spirit of Vygotsky.
Stephen York, Dean of Instruction at the American Institute of Creative Education, earned his B.A. degree from Norwich University (Vermont College) with a focus on education and liberal studies, and was awarded the M.Div. from the Starr King School, a consortium member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His 90 semester hours of graduate work focused on an interdisciplinary study of education and the humanities. He has done additional studies in special education. An experienced teacher in public and private school classrooms in New England, Mr. York also serves as Graduate Adjunct Faculty in Education at the Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. http://www.plymouth.edu/graduate/faculty/individuals/slyork.html
Thanks for the lovely poem. Yes, timely... Yes, meaningful in the realm of education.
We need to start talking about Parker Palmer here again, by the way.
Stephen, you indicated that you're trying to figure out how this place works, well, it's constantly getting shaped and reshaped. This discussion center has an ecology all of its own. There's no right or wrong--just plunge in and try things. Again, I want to say, I'm so happy you've joined our group.
Suggestions for starting: click on the forum tab at the top and start any discussion you'd like. It could start with a poem, a question, or something you have on your mind. Discussion forums are where people typically put something they'd like to get some back-and-forth conversation about.
Blogs are another possibility. You can post a personal blog about something that's going on for you, something you just want to share and about which you wouldn't mind getting a few comments. The comments on blogs won't be "threaded" but rather "stacked," so true back-and-forth discussions are probably best started as forums. (In threaded forums you can enter ideas at any particular point in the conversation.)
So--please be encouraged to "just begin," and allow yourself some experimentation. It's fun to see what takes off... And never be discouraged if people don't respond, just keep posting.
BTW, the readership of this site is pretty good--about 300 visits a day, 3000 a month. So chances are you're being "read" even when comments aren't getting added.
Please bring along some people you know who enjoy conversing about learning, education, personal growth, those sorts of things. I know you're very well-connected to a lively group of thinkers!
Well, there is certainly a lot we could talk about! So glad you joined.
You said you require your students to read Left Back by Diane Ravitch--is that correct? It would be interesting to hear how they react to the history Ravitch presents. Can young people even envision the eras? What sorts of things do they wonder--and are they amazed about?
Please start a forum anytime. Also, join in on conversations that are ongoing.
Perhaps you'd like some of your students to participate on Fireside, as well.
Questions, problems, comments? Here is the "Fireside Council" of folks who help Connie with the administration of this site: Anna, Ian, Or-Tal , Ed and Barry. Click on their names to visit their Profile Pages and leave comments for them with your inquiries and ideas! Meanwhile, if you have technical questions or suggestions, Laura will be glad to help.
QUICKIE GUIDE to the FIRESIDE:
The Main Tabs are found along the top of every page: Main: Access the main Fireside page. Invite: Invite others to join the Fireside. My Page: Design your own homepage. People: View Members and Groups. Forum: Check out the discussions! Blogs: It's easy to start blogging. Photos: Upload and share photos. Videos: Upload and share videos.