Saturday, February 12, 2011

Rethinking Series

My attempt to follow through with a series, "Around the Web in 80 Days" was a major fail and I apologize to those who wanted to learn more about specific sites and tools. It's embarrassing that I offered something and then failed to deliver.

I realized there are so many other blogs and wikis devoted to that type of posting and that's not where my passion lies. (Look at SpeechTechie, Free Technology for Teachers and Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day, among others, for daily resources and 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning for detailed information about topics.)

Instead, my hope through my blog is to challenge thinking about how we educate struggling learners. Over the next few weeks, I will embark on a series about rethinking established and unquestioned educational practices. The first few posts will look at the use of assignment notebooks, the use of textbooks, and requiring all students to produce the same product to demonstrate what they have learned. I'll also write about the guiding principles which permeate what I do as an educator.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Sean Sweeney said...

You are too funny with that photo! Thanks for the mention and please do not apologize- every bit you offer is wonderful!

Sue said...

Sounds good.
Looking forward to reading it.

Kathi M. said...

No apologies needed. I look forward to reading more. We share the passion for working with all students and especially those with disabilities.

kelle said...

I've been enjoying reading your blog, and I'm looking forward to whatever you tackle next.

ojala said...

I have just come across your blog and I feel quit excited to read on and look up some of the resources you have put up. I work in schools with a variety of children who have many different needs - currently I am struggling with teachers who feel that students have to write using pen and paper..... any tips would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Can you include a look at what is called an "interactive student notebook" (ISN)? The teacher passes out handouts that the student is to cut out the text portion and then paste into a bound notebook. My child had dsygraphia and some fine motor issues which impact the look of his ISN, and his grade. What is the learning in that task? Are there really jobs out there in the real world for "scapebooking"? Now, if this was a digital interactive notebook, I'd understand its use, but this doesn't seem to teach, and in my case, doesn't evidence what my son knows. Thanks.