July 11, 2014
Summer School

Summer is the off season for schools,

but the learning continues in its ways

We teach, and then we are gone.

What more can we do but plant

a few seeds and hope for rain.

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May 31, 2014
The Hush

Hush of the library as a child.

Reverent hush in a place of worship.

Once, but no more, in a school.

Some say the hush descends, but here,

this cathedral of the forest, it ascends.

Cathedral_of_the_Forest_Wallpaper_outka

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April 23, 2014
Mimeograph

Duplicating by stencil – poor man’s printing press

and onetime servant of teachers forcing ink

onto paper, not unlike the duplicating students.

And the purple ghost spirit duplicator process

with its freshly pressed fluid toxic headiness.

mimeo

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March 10, 2014
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."

—    Albert Einstein

February 28, 2014
I agree with the kid.
newyorker cartoon by Barbara Smaller. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1hqj6q6

I agree with the kid.

newyorker cartoon by Barbara Smaller. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1hqj6q6

(Source: newyorker.com)

January 6, 2014
"TEACHING: It doesn’t matter what we cover, it matters what you discover."

(Source: sproutsschools)

October 21, 2013
Walking Around Schoolsville Tonight

Feeling a bit nostalgic tonight. You can criticize Facebook for many things, but birthday wishes from former students via Facebook actually have an impact on me.

I was reminded of “Schoolsville” by Billy Collins. I do feel like the mayor sometimes (of Ronksville and Schoolsville) where the population does age but never really graduates.  I know my earliest students are only 7 years younger than me, but when they were 15 and I was 22, we were a world apart. Now, not so much.

SCHOOLSVILLE

Glancing over my shoulder at the past,
I realize the number of students I have taught
is enough to populate a small town.

I can see it nestled in a paper landscape,
chalk dust flurrying down in winter,
nights dark as a blackboard.

The population ages but never graduates.
On hot afternoons they sweat the final in the park
and when it’s cold they shiver around stoves
reading disorganized essays out loud.
A bell rings on the hour and everybody zigzags
into the streets with their books.

I forgot all their last names first and their
first names last in alphabetical order.
But the boy who always had his hand up
is an alderman and owns the haberdashery.
The girl who signed her papers in lipstick
leans against the drugstore, smoking,
brushing her hair like a machine.

Their grades are sewn into their clothes
like references to Hawthorne.
The A’s stroll along with other A’s.
The D’s honk whenever they pass another D.

All the creative-writing students recline
on the courthouse lawn and play the lute.
Wherever they go, they form a big circle.

Needless to say, I am the mayor.
I live in the white colonial at Maple and Main.
I rarely leave the house. The car deflates
in the driveway. Vines twirl around the porch swing.

Once in a while a student knocks on the door
with a term paper fifteen years late
or a question about Yeats or double-spacing.
And sometimes one will appear in a windowpane
to watch me lecturing the wallpaper,
quizzing the chandelier, reprimanding the air.

from Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems

September 18, 2013
Here’s a old childhood game (from a 1956 book) that teachers never use in the classroom any more. Poor Pussy

Here’s a old childhood game (from a 1956 book) that teachers never use in the classroom any more. Poor Pussy

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September 6, 2013
Your School Library Has Loads of Information

Your School Library Has Loads of Information

(Source: klappersacks, via robotcosmonaut)

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September 4, 2013

Back to school. First class session done!

(Source: morsmordre-x, via kingoftheashers)

September 4, 2013
Back to school is stressful for teachers too.

Back to school is stressful for teachers too.

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September 4, 2013
back to school is stressful

back to school is stressful

August 6, 2013

Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning and Interest-Bsed Learning - Not new ideas but new in their use of technology.  (Big Thinkers Series) (by edutopia)

July 18, 2013
What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology?
Wrong Answers: make Prezis, start blogs, create Wordles, publish Animotos, design flipcharts, produce videos, post to Edmodo, use whiteboard, develop apps
Right Answers: raise awareness, start conversations, find answers (to THEIR questions), join partners, change minds, make a difference, take action, drive change
Technology is a TOOL, NOT an outcome

What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology?

Wrong Answers: make Prezis, start blogs, create Wordles, publish Animotos, design flipcharts, produce videos, post to Edmodo, use whiteboard, develop apps

Right Answers: raise awareness, start conversations, find answers (to THEIR questions), join partners, change minds, make a difference, take action, drive change

Technology is a TOOL, NOT an outcome

June 27, 2013
"Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize."

— Pauline Kael

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