Always amazed at how quickly time can pass from here. Too much to do. But some more good news…contract settled! Thank God. None of us wanted that hanging over our heads for the summer.
I’m pretty impressed with the work Pat is doing. Much more steeped in analysis and theory than I (I admire people who can do that work…I’ll blame my two toddlers again). Seriously, a part of me desperately wishes I was more into the planning, nuts and bolts, thinking designing stuff…it’s a weakness in my teaching too, I know. My brain just works a different way, I guess, more dreamy, the “let’s see how this works” method and then tweak and tune for the next time. No master plan.
But I gotta say, this is one of the coolest applications I have seen, and it’s definitely going to be in my workshops this summer. I know it’s a little elementary for high school, but the concept is the key. The log, the finished, hyperlinked product with pics…all very cool, very teachable, and very doable.
More and more I think that’s what is drawing me to weblogs, in my own teaching and for our students. Just the ability to chronicle our thoughts, our learning. I know I’ve said all of this a dozen times, but it’s the metacognitive stuff that I find so interesting, and I’m proving it here (which, as an aside, I continue to be very proud of…it’s the most extended, thoughtful writing I’ve ever done.) What I have to do, I know, is do more of the Pat and Terry and Sarah thinking, to make sure I’m structuring it in a way that maximizes the learning potential for my kids.