When I started to think about this blog, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to talk about. So I started to draft a post. I heard that’s what you do when you are developing an idea. So the bullet points started. And then I added more bullet points. And a couple more. And the list kept growing. So this is what I came up with over the past few days. I’ll cross them off as I go.
Or I will look back and laugh.
- How can I plan and be responsive to my students needs and interests. In other words, how to reconcile unit planning with inquiry based learning.
- What exactly is inquire based learning?
- The Teaching Fairy: Why I go back to the classroom after a lesson that bombs and/or students drive me up the wall (amazing how insane students and bad lessons are directly related)
- My new integrated humanities (Individuals and Societies) course that I’ll be teaching next year. And why I geek out about it.
- I sincerely love history and geography. I like the nitty-gritty details of these subjects and get really dorky when talking about it (don’t get me started about American Presidents and cliff slumping). But if we live in a world where content doesn’t matter as much as accessibility, communication, and evaluation of sources, how do I share my passion for the stuff that I think is cool. Even if they can find it on google.
- My education philosophy. I’m pretty sure I have one.
- How my educational philosophy has changed. And how is hasn’t.
- Why is there is a red squiggly line under the word “summative” and what exactly is the purpose of assessments.
- Adapting DP* assessments for MYP** students
- Adapting MYP assessments for DP students
- 1:1 integration*** – how to make computers more than expensive pencils. But also recognizing MacBook Pros are pretty powerful pencils.
- Is being a techie just a way to avoid being bored?
- Why I’ve been lucky to teach both DP and MYP. And how I have struggled teaching both.
- Lesson I learned from ______________________. (Fill in past student name).
- How do I make sure I’m not just putting worksheets on a website and calling it innovative.
- Anyone have good ideas for for getting kids to stand up and move in humanities/social studies class?
- The Rate My Teacher link that comes up when I google myself. My digital footprint has nothing on my real-life impact on young people who matter.
- When will I really implement cross-curricular, cross-school, cross-world projects?
- This was supposed to be a two-year gig. So why I am in year 10 (!) of teaching.
- Using Twitter in the Classroom. What happens when my students tweet about why Abraham Lincoln deserved to be shot.
- My love of my iPhone. I realize this is cliche so perhaps I’ll write in haiku or limerick. You can’t be an elitist Apple snob if you are writing in limerick.
- How can stop my overuse of ellipses? And parentheses. And overly short sentences that are written for effect rather than content.
- What I want to be when I grow up.
- What I want my students to be when they grow up.
- Implementing MYP…thinking forward and backward without getting dizzy and/or lost.
- Food, beer, travel, Japan, television. I’ll try to weave these into educational posts and make them thematic. Or maybe you’ll just get random posts about Northwest IPAs or my frustration with Japanese packaging.
- The purple pen…why I like writing on papers, but hate giving grades.
- My life as a former high school teacher, now teaching middle school. This post may also be known as “Getting Over My Intellectual Snobbery while Dealing with Colognes from Aerosol Cans.”
*DP = Diploma Program. It’s the pre-college curriculum developed by International Baccalaureate. Grades 11-12, exam based. For the Americans, its kind of like AP (but different).
** MYP= Middle Years Program. Also developed by the International Baccalaureate. Usually grades 6-10. Less content driven than the DP. Very project based, cross-curricular, student centered.
*** 1:1= One Computer for One Student. This is the common term for when a school provides a computer for every kid.