Monthly Archives: September 2011

The case for a fourth grader’s digital footprint

1. Positive digital footprints, 2. Communicating with digital tools, 3. Transparency for parents and family, 4. New ways of thinking about Web tools, and 5. Effective digital citizenship” (Posted by Jenny Luca on Aug 26, 2011 in Creating Global Classrooms) … Continue reading

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Curbing my enthusiasm for standardized tests

In their book The Myths of Standardized Tests, Phillip Harris, Bruce Smith and Joan Harris tell this story:   “What are you doing?” a helpful passerby asks. “Looking for my car keys,” answers the drunk. “Did you drop them somewhere around … Continue reading

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Mobile platforms spoil some of the fun

I’m a little sorry so much of our communication has shifted from desktops and laptops to smart phones… or simply phones since they are pretty much all pocket computers now. It probably is good advice to simplify the message. I … Continue reading

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communicating in hand

Yesterday I decided to give up on my small netbook. The XP operating system, or perhaps Dos seems to be corrupted in some way. I played around with the system, all the while feeling I had been warped back tothe … Continue reading

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It takes time

It takes time so live in the now when you have to. My intern is teaching a lesson while her university advisor is observing her. I’m sure it is well planned and well documented. She is that sort of teacher. … Continue reading

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John Spencer’s 10 reasons to get rid of homework

The Wrong Focus: Homework is precisely that: work at home. The goal is often increased achievement. The bigger question is whether we want achievement or learning. If the goal is learning, homework kills the desire to learn. What I Advocate … Continue reading

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John Spencer’s 10 reasons to get rid of homework

The Wrong Focus: Homework is precisely that: work at home. The goal is often increased achievement. The bigger question is whether we want achievement or learning. If the goal is learning, homework kills the desire to learn. What I Advocate Instead: … Continue reading

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Launching from uncertainty

  On Thursday my fourth grade class is going on a 5 Kilometre walk south of town. The Trans Canada Trail runs along the south slope of the Wakamow Valley where the Moose Jaw River cuts its way through the … Continue reading

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Fidget Toys

I finished up my first week of classes in the fourth grade room. First weeks often feel long and tire me out. This one did not feel long, but it did tire me out. Last night I flaked out on … Continue reading

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