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Participation, or Speaking & Listening?

We all want student participation. After all, we know that students who are more engaged  are more likely to succeed in class. At a recent Humanities department meeting, this commitment to participation was clear when my colleagues shared their grading schemes. For many, participation weighed somewhere on the order of 10-25% of students’ overall grades. […]

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Publish or Perish

As I work to put together a presentation for my colleagues on digital publishing, I can’t help but be struck by how emphatically all of the national standards demand that we give students the opportunity to publish: ISTE International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standard 1: Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct  knowledge, and […]

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Permission to Create

Bloom’s tells us that the highest level of cognition is creation – that in order to create, we must first be able to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and synthesize.   However, in my classroom, and I would venture to say, my school site, that step of creation is viewed as far less significant than the […]

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Take Two: Putting Writing First in the New Year

The new semester stands before us (insert your favorite clean slate metaphor here); the first semester of 1:1, in my case at least, behind.  Like bloggers everywhere, I was tempted to do a year-end round up, but in the flurry of getting up to snuff, tech-wise, I still decidedly feel that the big insights are […]

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If Only I Knew… What I Wish I Knew BEFORE Going 1:1

A month into the school year, I have a little bit of perspective on the 1:1 journey.  Many of these insights are obvious and traits of good teaching, but with the steep learning curve associated with 1:1, I hope that these reminders will save you some headaches. 1. Do it first:  For most of us […]

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How NOT to Give a Video Assignment

Making a video with an iPad is as simple as point-and-shoot, right?  After a summer playing around with my own device, and countless hours invested flipping my instruction, I certainly thought so.  That is, until I got to my 6th period English 9 class last week.  With about 20 minutes to spare in the period, […]

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