Connected Educator Month 2014

A version of this post appeared earlier today at my blog. Today's make for Connected Educator Month is "Make Some Fabulous Food."  Right up my alley! I made tofu scramble tacos, my take on a recipe from Post Punk Kitchen. I started with garlic plus half a shallot and a whole jalapeño, including the seeds.  Cooking the scramble with the jalapeño seeds gives it a wonderful spicy hotness. Garlic...
A version of this post appeared yesterday at my blog. My students have been writing commentaries about The House on Mango Street for about a month. I modified Sheridan Blau’s format to account for the fact that I’m working with 9th-graders instead of college students. At the beginning of the year, my students often respond to challenging tasks by remaining quiet and waiting for help.  With this...
Source Photos: "Making model airplanes for U.S. Navy at the Armstrong Technical High School. Washington, DC." Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau. (06/13/1942 - 09/15/1945) Taken March 1942. A Love Supreme: Reflections on Why We Continue to Teach | contains a sample of “Acknowledgement” from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme....
This post appeared earlier today at my blog. I intended to blog about writing commentaries with my students in this post, but my thoughts went in a different direction this week. In Chapter 4 of In the Middle, Nancie Atwell recounts a visit to her classroom from the legendary writer and teacher Don Graves. At the end of the day Graves came and stood in my doorway with his coat on, smiling. “What...
In my first Connected Educator Month blog post I talked about fostering voice and agency in both teachers and students, but in this post I want to focus on the idea of what it means to be connected. For many people, including myself, the idea of connected means being plugged in – most likely via social media. However, simply having a Twitter or Google+ account is not enough to make you a truly...
A version of this post appeared earlier today at my blog. Just as my CLMOOC 2013 adventure began with an invitation in the spring, my CLMOOC 2014 experiences began in the spring with an invitation from Christina Cantrill and Kevin Hodgson to be a member of 2014 CLMOOC support team. The team’s role was to support, coach, and encourage CLMOOC participants as they created and connected during the...
A version of this post originally appeared at my blog. In her book ELL Shadowing As A Catalyst for Change, Ivania Soto quotes a teacher who – after following a protocol to shadow an English Learner student for several periods – discovered that she was doing most of the talking in her classroom.  The teacher goes on to note that the person who talks the most tends to learn the most; she had...
A version of this post originally appeared on my blog. (I am indebted to Paul Oh & Christina Cantrill, both for the title of this post, which comes from an episode of NWP Radio in which they invited me to participate, and for their encouragement to reflect on and write about my experiences.) In the spring of 2013, when I accepted Carolyn Frank’s offer to be the Connected Learning liaison for...