Monday, November 14, 2011

Things That Have Me Thinking This Week...November 14, 2011

Here are the most thought-provoking articles and blog posts that I came across in the last week.  Enjoy!

If Education Was Really About Learning... - Krissy Venosdale

This great post came through Scott McLeod's Mind Dump and it lists some of the things we would really focus on in education if our priority is learning.

Here are a few of my favorites:
…we’d make it our goal to get kids to ask questions in class that we cannot answer, nor Google the answer to.
…we’d celebrate mistakes far more than we celebrate earning “A’s”.
…inquiry would rule over lecture. 
…every school would be filled with the type of collaboration happening on Twitter every single day.
 What would you add?

10 Online Trends Coming To A High School Near You - Lisa Nielsen

This post from Lisa Nielsen discusses some of the trends happening in schools throughout our country due to the fact that students can take online courses. Some of these trends are already taking place at BHS (i.e. online AP courses, teachers chatting online with students).

While I love the fact that technology and on-line learning providers more options for students and teachers to have learning take place regardless of time and place, I still wonder about mandating on-line learning for all students as they have in some states.

5 Tips To Get All Students To Participate - Chris Atkinson

This great post by Chris Atkinson talks about student engagement, something we focus on on all of our classroom walkthroughs at BHS.

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1 comment:

  1. Recently, I had a wonderful student email me about her composition (une rédaction/ une rédac). She is such a diligent student and wanted to make sure that she was on the right track. So, prior to submitting the composition, she asked me to review it for grammatical mistakes, spelling errors, etc.

    I asked her to submit the composition on her Noterize App on her IPad. Within seconds, I was able to receive the composition, literally point out and circle mistakes (of which she had hardly any) and then return it to her via the IPad.

    We can't get any better than that!!!! What a useful tool!!