Archive for December 2007

Are We All Just Looking for the Fracture?

December 12, 2007

Reading this Stephen Downes article got thinking about messages.  There are a lot of people out there who want to spin wild conspiracy theories about everything in world.  So, how do they make these theories seem so compeling to appear like reality?  What makes a message compelling?  Some like to use shock value, something that […]

Teaching Children How to Use the Internet

December 11, 2007

This article from Stephen Dowes’s talks about a website called Woogi World aimed at elementary kids.  The goal of the website is to show them how to use the Internet safely and in the best way possible.  The activities on the website for kids have NCLB standards in place and the stuff kids are doing […]

My Last Outpost Experience

December 9, 2007

I just got done leveling my warrior up to level 5 with the help of Nate and I’ve gotta say the experience was definitely interesting. One of the major problems I had with the game was figuring out what the right commands were to interact with the game. I tried several different variations, but I […]

More Than One to Blame

December 9, 2007

When it comes to test scores and NCLB many want to blame the schools for not effectively teaching their children what needs to be learned to pass the test.  Schools receive unrealistic standards from the community and households, but this article say otherwise.  According to an Educational Testing Service, who develop administer tests like the […]

Hurricanes and Teaching

December 9, 2007

A recent study shows that 46,000 children along the Gulf Coast are still struggling with mental health problems affecting their abilities to learn.  My heart goes out to those teachers who have these students in their classrooms because they are faced with a big obstacle in their way.  Students who are coming back into classrooms […]

The Growth Model

December 9, 2007

We have all talked about NCLB this semester, but this article shows maybe some changes to help educators out.  One of the many complaints by teachers about the law is it tracks the progress of groups and not individuals, which the title of the law implies leaving no individual behind.  To avoid this, states can […]

Are You Smiling Now?

December 8, 2007

The age old advice of “Don’t Smile Until Christmas”  has been said by most administrators and teachers describe how classroom management should be conducted.  But, does it necessarily have to be Christmas?  This article suggest something different.  “Don’t Smile Until You Get Control of Your Classroom.”  This makes much more sense to me because at […]

Is There a Point Where You Can’t Go Any Farther?

December 8, 2007

Has anybody ever wondered when they see an infomercial for how to improve life and say to yourself, “I could make that better?”  With all of the advances we’ve made over the past couple of decades you can’t help but wonder if things can be made any easier.  When those things are created, can they […]

More to Smile Than Meets the Eye

December 7, 2007

Interesting article coming from Education Wonks.  This has happened to me before.  In the area where I student taught, the percentage for free-reduced lunch was pretty high up there.  Students who came from lower class homes would act as though punishing them was a joke and smile at you.  Whether or not these children received […]

Reflecting On EDUC 685

December 7, 2007

This class has been an enjoyable experience for me and has allowed for some growth to occur.  Before this class I had nevr heard of a blog or aggregator and now I use them both everyday to check my feeds.  There have been so many tools I am familiar with now that I feel a […]