published by David Wees on Tue, 01/25/2011 - 22:51
I tell a lot of stories when I teach, but not generally stories about my life or past stories of students. I use story-telling as a vehicle for explaining concepts that are difficult to understand when abstracted in symbols.
published by David Wees on Tue, 01/25/2011 - 14:48
So I was responding to comment on this blog about student retention, and the person used the word "level" and it made me think of "leveling up" which is this process by which your fantasy character becomes more powerful as a result of the experience they gained. This video below describes the process of leveling up in World of Warcraft (an online fantasy role-playing game).
published by David Wees on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 20:10
We had a silly ceremony when I was in first grade. It was called "the first grade graduation ceremony." We all stood around and our families all came out and we celebrated our graduation from first grade. We were even given little certificates to hold onto to remind us of the experience. I have no idea if my mom still has mine, but I doubt it.
published by David Wees on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 07:41
Blogging is like becoming a super-hero. It is a costume you wear and while you are in this costume you can say almost anything and speak your thoughts in ways you would never do while at work. You can choose a pseudonym, design the appearance of your costume, and feel like you have a kind of imperviousness if you choose anonymity. Even normally mild-mannered people can have their ferocious opinions shared and scrutinized.
published by David Wees on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 20:41
Our current school system teaches students who to be obedient instead of independent. Almost every time our students show even the slightest deviation from the path schools set, we beat them back into line using our bludgeons made of consequences, grades, and self-esteem. I've been thinking about this a lot since reading John Taylor Gatto's essay, The Six-Lesson School teacherso I'm sure that many of the thoughts below are reflected in his essay.
published by David Wees on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 18:37
I just conducted a very unscientific poll. I sent out a link on Twitter only and asked people who happened to be around how many hours they worked. It's not rigorous. However, in the limited sample group I have of 85 (update actually 132) educators on Twitter, here are the resultsas a CSV file.
published by David Wees on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 20:55
Every elementary school classroom should have about $20 in change. Not fake money printed on a piece of paper, but real money. Yes, some of it will go missing over time, and you might need to lock it up depending on your community, but honestly it's worth the risk. It's only $20.
published by David Wees on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 12:58
I read an article on the Principal's blog by Mel Riddile talking about the changes the AP is implementing and how these changes will make it more like the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. He asks a teacher who has been fortunate enough to teach both programs for a long time.