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Friday, March 17, 2006 

Welcome To The Playground!

Congratulations! You found the playground!

You had a chance to read some classroom and teacher blogs. Now you can try your hand at writing your own blog post. ;-)

There are three parts to blogging:

  1. Read

  2. Think

  3. Write


Blogging Prompt
You have just read several blogs. Think about what you read. Write a blog post in response to one or more of these prompts:

  • Thinking back to some of the blogs you just looked at which one(s) impressed you the most/least? What was impressive (or not) about it? Be specific.


  • Do you think using a classroom blog can help to enhance your student's learning? If so, how? If not, why not?


  • Do you think you can learn anything from following edublogs? What in particular? Which blogs would you like to follow?


  • Did you read anything that made you think: "Wow! That's cool/amazing/incredibly stupid/(pick an adjective of your choice)?" What was it (include a link to it) and what about it made you think that?


  • What is your personal Muddiest Point about anything you've learned so far this morning? i.e. What are you most confused about? What would you like to learn more about?


  • The latest edition of the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes The Assessment Principle and The Technology Principle. I think blogging will make it easy to meet, and more likely exceed, meeting these standards. Do you? Why or why not? (Actually, I think it will address the goals outlined regarding Equity, Teaching and Learning as well!)


  • Blog about anything you'd like. Read the Blog Writing Tip below first.


Blog Writing Tip
The best blog posts end with a question. The idea is to foster a dialogue with your readers. The best blogs, IMHO, are "thinking out loud" spaces where the writer shares ideas they are wrestling with. The question(s) that ends their posts encourages the reader to think about what they read before they write a thoughtful response. Try to end your post with such a question. Mind you, you have no obligation to do this -- write whatever you feel like writing. If you're passionate about it that will come across. Other people passionate about the same issue will naturally want to comment. ;-)

Interesting inservice. I never imagined that Blogs could be so useful and motivating!

I looked at Sarah's blog for AP Calculus Peer Help, she did an amazing job. I can see my current APcalculus students getting into this. There are a lot of pressures on AP students do you think this adds to their stress or helps take away stress?

I am very impressed with just the potential of blogging as a learning tool for my students and colleagues at my school. I would be very interested in using it as a form of introduction for students and teachers about the potential of developing a learning forum, not just in one subject area, but looking at the integration of many subject areas. I really want want my students and colleagues to become more global in their thinking and learning. How would one go about this? Is there anyone out there interested in pursuing this type of learning?
The possibilities are amazing, don't you think?

So far this blog workshop has lived up to its hype, its causing me to rethink how and why I'm going to use a blog with my grade 7 math students. My goal is to create a inteactive forum where students of varying ability can interact in a safe envronment, an environment where students are not afraid to ask for help and others are willing to provide this help.

This will not be my last blog post, so I shall leave the pondering questions for later...... hehehe......

This inservice has been the most interesting inservice I have attended. Blogging is fascinating and I would love to bring this back to my classroom. I'm learning. Am very excited to try to figure this out!

Hey Darren,

This is Nick, I'm sorry I'm posting on Han's sign in but as you saw none of the computers around me are being very friendly. I just wanted to say that everything you have created in the "blog" world is fanatastic. Now that one of your 20S pre-cal students is expecting my to be blogging in 30S pre-cal next semester, I guess I don't have too much of a choice :).

Nick

My motivation for trying out blogging as a tool for teaching and learning is driven by a pragmatic (and immediate) need to support the ESL Science class that I will be teaching next semmester.

Given that this group will be all over the continuum with respect to their language (and science) abilities, I am hopeful that this experiment will bear some fruit.

We might get a fruit salad, we might get a pie, maybe even some intoxicating cider.

We'll certainly have much food for thought.

(Darren's use of metaphors has me inspired to respond in kind. He is into the tango, I'm an epicurean...)

My wife thinks that I like food and drink a wee bit too much ;-)

In any event, I am intrigued by the philosophic ideal of a supportive online distributed community of learners.

My only concerns are logistic which Darren has ameliorated somewhat.

I suspect (like most things in life) that I'll be somewhat more at ease once I actually try this for real.

Question 1: Does anybody out there know of any good ESL resources (in general) or ESL-Science resources (specifically) that are available online?

Question 2: I recently had a textbook writing experience that me feel like a bit of an ESL student.
Has anybody else out there been told by a colleague (or in my case an editor) that they are communicating at too high a level for their audience?


After three rewrites, I was told that (finally) the chapter contained the appropriate language for Grade 7 students.

As a result of this, I am seeking tools (any and all) that will enhance my ability to make and support meaningful learning opportunities for my students.

What is Covey that said something about seeking first to understand then to be understood?

I'm a firm believer in the tools of technology but a neophyte to blogging.

Hopefully I'll make this work for my students.
I am motivated as well (like all new things with technology) by the cool factor.


John

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