Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Are you stuck in 1987?

It amazes me the new content that is created every day through teacher blogs. Moreover, the connections made through Twitter is equally outstanding. Blogging and Twitter means growth to me. I wonder what teachers were doing in 1987 when these things did not exist? Are some still stuck in 1987?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Four things I would include when interviewing potential teachers and principals.

1. How do you use your Person Learning Network (PLN) to learn?

2. What are your views on rewards to control classroom behaviour?

3. Share your thoughts on using “punishment” (like detention) in a classroom.

4. Share your views on homework.

No more original ideas?

I’ve heard people quip that there are no more original ideas. On the surface it might seem so. However, when I saw the movie Flash of Genius starring Greg Kinear I began to think a little differently about the topic. The following clip demonstrates what I mean:

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Friday, July 8, 2011

What’s all this Blogging and Twitter business?

It’s almost been a year since I started my blog, Against the Wind. I’ve been tweeting for longer than that, about 2 and a half years. Blogs and Twitter were born ready for one another. I use one, Twitter, to “advertise” my blog. Why would I want to “advertise?” Reaching as many
followers as I can is not my goal. Making connections is the point of this. The count does not matter. Those connections not only include people that agree with me, which is great, but also those who do not. The disagreements can lead to changing the way I think about a topic or cement my feelings about my beliefs. Indeed, this business is about connecting which leads to learning.