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Wed, Feb 13, 2019
I spent another day thinking about TMC related things, and I've decided to write some thoughts on the off chance that what I have to say might be valuable. Lots of people have very strong feelings about this, and I am trying to honor all of those people and their feelings while also offering some thinking about structure. Just so we're clear, I don't know what happened, or what may be in the works, or why anyone would want to read this. Let me go further to say that I am not really interested in keeping TMC nor am I attempting to minimize any harm that was experienced in order to revive #TMC19. The reason I keep thinking about it, and why I'm writing now, is that the model of teachers organizing on twitter to create their own PD is both powerful, and timely. Given today's climate I think the Read the full post...
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Mon, Dec 17, 2018
My kids are awful note takers. It's not just me, this is what they are telling me. Each Friday I ask kids to do a 6-question weekly reflection with questions like “This week I took useful notes.” For that item, students all consistently report the lowest scores over the first 4 weeks of the class. It's clearly the biggest takeaway from doing all of these weekly reflections, so I should probably address it. Notes were an important takeaway from what I learned when I began looking into the thinking classroom. In the past I didn't do notes, but I had really well laid out tasks which included everything I want students to take notes on. These tasks would be organized in such away that they could review the important things whenever they studied. The act of deciding what things are important seems like an important academic skill, and by not expecting Read the full post...
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Sat, Dec 08, 2018
The Thinking Classroom experiment may be a success. The white board contact paper is starting to gather dust in the corners, the kids trust the fancy randomizer, and there are consistently good days. I'm all ready to write a post about successes or a sort of “growth” post about my what I've learned the most (spoiler alert: it's about managing flow). It's just, well…there are these two kids who I'm worried about. On Wednesday we started on an open middle problem and two of the four pairing had a student sitting down, facing away from the board, and looking at their phone. Paul likes to mind his own business, and isn't too interested in talking with me or any student. Denisha has flirted with pursuing a GED, with support from her parents, but decided to give this year one last shot, but so far hasn't earned any credits in any class Read the full post...
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Mon, Dec 03, 2018
Yesterday I posted about how I began my Thinking Classroom experiment. The experiment actually started in the 2nd week of november, so at this point I'm actually 3 weeks in to it. Today I actually had the best class that I've had so far. It wasn't a perfect class, but it was good enough to make me forget some of those rough days that happened along the way. There is a lot to write about, and I may not get around to it, but I will start with a digression to talk about my randomizer. The Randomizer Before my first class I made a randomizer that basically assigned seats to random numbers, and assigned those randomized seats to students. It was basically one that Joel Bezaire described. My school has really unpredictable attendance, however, and also has kids show up late. I needed a randomizer that wouldn't assume that we would have Read the full post...
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Tue, Aug 09, 2016
One of the reasons I haven't kept up with blogging is because I always want to wait until I have the final, perfect draft before I post to my blog. But the thing is, I never have final perfect drafts of anything. So I have to get over that. What I do have is a lot of decent ideas and thoughts in the Notes App in my iPhone. Yesterday, as I pushed my five-month-old around the neighborhood, I wrote out 4 goals for this school year in my Note as she slept. Now mind you, this is a draft. But the beauty of sharing it before it's finalized is that I can get feedback from all the (zero) folks reading my blog. So what I have here are my goals and shorter “titles” for the goals. Neither is an expanded version of the goal, but if I wait until Read the full post...
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