reflection

(Note: This post first appeared on my blog) It’s quite likely I won’t do justice to my thinking but if we consider blogs as a space for reflective practice, then bear with me … I am going to try to think aloud as a writer about my latest project to take a place-based poem about walking to an isolated beach in Maine from here: to here: and then beyond, to here: And also into all the strange...
This week, while grading Annotated Bibliographies, Pandora did that thing we all love so much where it assumes we live more active lives than we do. When I realized it had quit on me, I pulled up the tab, admitted that Yes, I'm still listening, and was graced with this ridiculous ad for Dove chocolates. Though extremely flawed (how did he know to pick up particular books based on those super...
Recently, I was honored to be a 2014 "On The Rise" Award Winner for the Association of American Publishers PK-12 Learning Group Lamplighter Honors. Read more about them here. I wrote a poem to honor the occassion. MW.png
Keywords: Digital Is, reflections
What is it and how does it work? A few of us from Dr. Turner’s Media Literacy and Technology course attended a workshop led by Troy Hicks about Digital Is. Digital Is is a knowledge base for teachers and educators to share resources that explore how to teach writing in the digital age. Ivelisse, an educator attending the workshop, described Digital Is as a support group of educators wanting to...
Keywords: clmooc, Meme, comic, reflection
Raise your hand if you know the reference to this meme? As part of our exploration of memes as cultural currency with the Making Learning Connected MOOC, I decided to use this particular meme and deconstruct it a bit. And I decided to do it in comic form. Check out how Google Trends followed the "more cowbell" concept over time: And also, where the phrase has cache, globally (almost entirely in...
The kids are all excited, despite the copious amounts of tests we keep throwing at them. The teachers are on edge with anticipation, caught between being thrilled at the prospect of summer vacation and being nervous or annoyed about how the APPR post-assessment tests are being carried out. And me, I’m just trying to keep going and make it through while taking grad classes and struggling with the...
  Van Gogh, "Den Feldgang"   From my personal and professional experience, our systems of education are profoundly inequitable. When they do work it is for an elite while simultaneously providing the illusion of a way up and out for the most of us. Do I have to cite the global litany here? I suppose so. Poverty rules the globe and hunger, too. Our food systems are corrupt and our health care...
  Reflection and Evaluation Cajon Valley Middle School What we have learned through this process is the power of creating spaces that allow for a variety of entry points, and values the process instead of just final projects. My students live in a world where college seems a far off dream. To see the images and hear the voices of graduate students who still struggle with the academic English...
Make Cycle Four of the #clmooc equals: 120 minutes of Google Hangouts on Air 60 minutes of live twitter chat 50 discrete G+ community posts 2 newsletters with attendant links and images 1 #F5F 1 introductory blog post 2 reflective blog posts 2 #literacies chats 4 Make Bank makes 19 blog entries on #clmooc aggregator …and more. The simple equation above begs a qualitatively deeper question: are...
note: this is a repost from my personal blog, and the original post can be found here. The first "make cycle" of the Making Learning Connected MOOC has to come to an end, and we've been encouraged to reflect before moving on to Make Cycle 2. I've already written here a short reflection of my first several "makes" where I experimented with various apps and platforms my fellow #clmooc-ians were...

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