reflective writing

(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...
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...
Students as Writers: Past For many years, our school district handled writing portfolios this way:  the Kindergarten teacher put a student's best writing into a manila folder with the student's name on it; that folder followed the student from building to building throughout the elementary and middle school years, as each subsequent teacher added one or two of the student's best writing samples...
In late May, we had our second annual Expo Night, an academic fair that showcased students' favorite projects from the year. Last year, we held our inaugural Expo Night, and nearly all of the work shared by students came from art class. This year a number of mosaic and sculptural projects came from art class, but the majority of students chose to share technology-infused projects from humanities...
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During my first year of teaching, I didn't spend five days teaching each week; it felt more like fourteen. I may have only been in the classroom during the hours of 7:00 to 4:00pm, but each hour there seemed to require equal time in preparation. The fear of being overwhelmed during your first year of teaching is constant. The nonchalance of veteran teachers is perceived either as expertise or...
Essential Question: Can we get a richer picture of student achievement and school effectiveness by developing authentic assessment tools similar to those developed by teachers in Nebraska and adding to it the reflective thought and writing provided by a portfolio system? The Education Reform Act of 1993 signaled the onset of education reform in the state of Massachusetts. The most notable result...
Build an Artifact Our next step will occur after students have formally covered order of operations in their math classes. At that point we will again create short videos of students working out problems and explaining their work. Next, they will create an artifact of understanding around order of operations. First, students use the Wiggins and McTighe rubrics, in modified form, to rate their own...
Digital Writing Workshop on Prezi A Prezi that I have developed to offer an overview of the book, this presentation allows me to be flexible depending on the audience to whom I am presenting and the purpose(s) I have in mind. As I reflect on the process of creating, refining, and using this Prezi over the past year, I have been thinking more and more about how it functions as a rhetorical space...