so…

I may have effectively burned myself on packing. I just cannot bring myself to pack another item. Any item. I’m staring at the mess that is my house and squinching my eyes in an effort to make all of the stuff I still need to pack disappear.
It’s not working, so I decided to write a post about it instead. Think it’s gone now?

As a teaching aside, I just bought “Greater Expectations“. It looks good!

A list. Again.

I’ve been asked a few times what ‘magic’ I use to match my kids with books. It’s not really a trick, I just have a large store of books in my head, and I basically shuffle through them in a effort to match maturity level, interest, and possibilities to spur further reading.
It’s not much use just sitting there in my head though, so I turned to Web 2.0

And created a wiki at pb wiki for just this purpose. It can be found here, and I would love more input than just mine. Even if you don’t teach language arts, or middle school, I would love to hear recommendations and suggestions for books for our students to read, from the littlest to the biggest.
Check it out!

technology, teaching, time

And, we are learning about technology again. It’s too bad that teachers only get this sort of thing in one day snippets. I feel as if there is no way to get anything really accomplished when people have time to really explore and then come back and ask questions.
One of the greatest things about teachers is that they are (usually) eager to learn new things. One of the most difficult parts of teaching as a profession is that the amount of time teachers are given to learn new things is effectively—none. Which means, of course, that teachers need to use their free time to keep up with what is going on–creating a constant tension between work and, you know, the rest of life.

What does this have to do with technology? Technology has the potential to free up some of that time, to create some knowledge, to make the search for knowledge quicker and more accurate. It also, of course, has the potential to waste enormous amounts of time, but so does television and reading wikipedia and education blogs must do a little bit more for your mind right?

Teachers know that their students need time to learn, time to engage and think about what they have been exposed to, time to question and figure out what is going on. Teachers need that same opportunity; they need to have more time to learn the new stuff, and, of course, this needs to be an acknowledged part of their job, valued and supported, not a choice that pits personal necessity against teaching commitment.