Archive for June, 2008

Balancing writing and reality

June 19, 2008

How on earth can I do what I’m doing — writing curriculum, educational research, and related writing projects — and find time / ways to stay in touch at a classroom level?  I haven’t figured it out yet. Anyone out there have any thoughts?

Creative teaching and writing

June 19, 2008

Does anyone else ever feel like they need a clone? In teaching I always found there were so many creative ideas to try, the actual teaching to plan and execute, the discipline, paperwork, and other daily tasks, and never enough time for it all! I’m facing the same dilemma writing curriculum — too many ideas, not enough time to work on them all, research to be done. I feel I need a twin or a clone, someone who thinks like I do, who can help with mountains of research and somehow graft it all into my brain. How do people ever “move up” the educational ladder, or get involved in all these extra-curricular projects and balance that with “real life?”

Blogs (again)

June 5, 2008

I’m trying to develop some consistent blog habits, to see what comes of it. Writing on my blogs each day, reading a few selected blogs on a regular basis, investigating new blogs as I have time… all as part of learning more about the community of people who use blogs. I’d like to use them more to get feedback from a wide variety of people, like a survey, but it seems hard to generate enough traffic–back to people reading rather than commenting–to really make it work. I’ve tried one of the online survey programs, but I think I would have to pay to get the survey to go very far. Has anyone else tried online surveys, are there any out there I can use for free?

In the meantime, I’ll post my survey question here:

What content knowledge do students need to know to function in today’s society?

What skills do students need to have to enter the work force?

I’m especially interested in students’ answers to these questions, all ages.

Keeping learning fun

June 3, 2008

Sometimes in the process of learning about something new, learning how it works, I get bogged down in the details, trying to understand, trying to make it work. It’s good to take a step back and enjoy what I’ve learned, for example, reading and commenting on other people’s blogs. Anyone else have ideas for not getting too bogged down in the format and making blogs work, and just enjoying the process?