Well, Connie, it was Jean N. who actually convinced me to come aboard! She called me last night to chat and update on various matters. I will have a look around and see what's what.
It is a great pleasure to have you back in my life again!
Thanks for the message and I look forward to participating in the discussions on this website. I'm still a little disoriented with the different pages, or forums, or blogs, or conversations, or discussions but I'll figure it out.
As far as education goes I have several interests that I'm working on. The first is to integrate the classical trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric) into my various language arts classes and the second is to build a house. The trivium part is pretty straight forward the house will be an great challenge. The idea behind the house is to have our students design, finance, build and sell as small, green, energy efficient house in our community.
I saw that you're an outdoor enthusiast. My wife and I just returned from a summer in the Alps, hiking and exploring some of the most breathtaking terrain on earth. So, even though we live in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, we couldn't resist the Alps.
Last spring I stumbled across Project Zero in connection with research I was doing into teaching the trivium. I came across something called 'the thinking classroom' on a website called ALPS. Project Zero appears to share many of the cross-disciplinary ideas that we support at our school.
Thanks again for your message and I look forward to talking about some of the things you're working on.
Connie, Thanks for the warm welcome. I am glad you enjoyed the blog. It is something new that I have decided to focus on as another dimension of my business. Also, it helps me to keep current on news. I now read about 20 blogs or so daily and one of those blogs referenced this site, which is why I joined!
I am working on my Master's through GCU (Grand Canyon University) and most of the course work is meaningful, however some of the professors and the quality of my fellow students sometimes leave a lot to be desired.
Weather was great here...but hot. We were in the mountains this weekend. We really like camping and off-roading in our small, but capable Motorhome. But the mountains were perfect...not too hot, not too cold and no rain. :)
I'm sorry for the color problem that I created! I had started the discussion and then had to run out the door to meet friends for lunch and so I saved it in a microsoft word document and then proceeded to copy and paste it later when I finished! I did not know that there was a Facebook version of Fireside...and Twitter too?!
Hi Connie, I'm not sure if you can edit it or not - I think you can; when I clicked on Edit Discussion, it was not possible for me to do anything other than add tags, etc. Here is a clean version of the text (below); you could safely cut and paste from this online document and put it in there if your Edit Discussion gives you more privileges than I have. Since the discussion is well underway, it probably doesn't make sense to paste in the clean version as a reply, although that is another possibility. I actually don't think it is all that hard to read; it seems to me you could share a link to that discussion anywhere you want, no problem.
Anywhere, here is the clean version: I'm not sure where Tom cut and pasted it from that it had different colors; perhaps he has a blog of his own or something like that. Anyway, here is the clean version; I had to publish it separately because it was too long to paste in here in a comment.
Thanks Connie. I'd love help you on this. If you visit this U Michigan Group on our ning site, you'll see how we're already connected to the school of Informatics at the University of Michigan.
In the past 15 years I've helped a Detroit Mentoring Network form, and have connected to many others from the Detroit area, but so far nothing strategic has been created.
One way we might begin to connect is via webnars. I've been part of these in the past, hosted by other organizations. I don't yet have the capacity to do my own. Someone in your network might have that capacity.
You could develop a "curriculum" or set of questions, that I could address in 1 hour or 30 minute sessions, that could attract people from Michigan and many other places.
Right now we've got to find a sponsor to help us overcome loss of other donors. If we're working with groups in Michigan, this could help attract support from foundations in your area who don't take much interest in what we're doing, even though we focus on similar goals.
You are too kind... I will do my best to visit the fireside as often as I can, but when my son gets out of school for summer vacation, I will be limited to the hours after he goes to bed (and that gets later as the days get longer!) But I am touched that you make me feel so welcome...
Please! Come visit anytime! My hearth is always open to you!
I loved your reflection about the year's end. I used to teach "Our Town" every May before leaving Michigan for my urban odyssey in Brooklyn and the south Bronx. I'm currently working at an urban charter school in Detroit.
Ah - good to see by your status that you are a watercolor in the classroom fan as well Connie! It has to be one of my favorites in the realm of art. Do you happen to have any pictures of your students work on here? Have you been connected to www.artsonia.com? It's wonderful flipping through the artwork by students here and imagining how a teacher guided their students towards creating artwork or "following directions"...hmmm. When you do watercolor in the classroom-how do you teach it?
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.
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