Archive for February, 2017

Yes, I Wear Ties

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

I love to wear a tie. I wear one Monday-Thursday at school. There are some days I don’t wear a tie, but students will say “Where’s your tie?” on those days. Yes, it’s just normal to wear a tie.

I often get asked, “How many ties do you have?” I don’t remember the count right now, but I can go the whole first semester without repeating a tie. Yes, an entire semester!

I use an app “How to Tie a Tie” to change up the know sometimes.

fd703f51-3f1c-4ca1-a8ed-d96c75679a1fYes, I can tie a bowtie.

I love a good tie!

I get in trouble when I buy yet another tie. . . .

Enjoy these photos!


Feedback Failure

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’ve been reading Hacking Project Based Learning by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy. I’ll be honest, I’ve been a little slow reading this. However, the latest hack I’ve been reading is a huge slap in the face (in a good way).

Hack number 7 is about feedback. It’s important.

You see, I have students work on a monthly project at home which uses the current information we’re discussing in class in order to complete. What’s he problem? I only grade the final project.

I have students write reflections as part of the project, and I say I am more focused on what they learned and not so much the end product. But is that true?

Reading this hack I’ve realized I assign the project, then grade it. Am I focused on what they are learning? If I were, I’d be checking in and visiting with students about the progress they’re making.

I need to work on getting more feedback throughout the process and not just at the end. How can students put the best into their work if I don’t help them find what their best is?

Time to get back to reading and thinking.

Thank you Ross and Erin for his great book to help me reflect on how to improve my projects.

The end of the chapter really speaks what I’m thinking. In fact, I’ve witnessed it.

Put It Out There

Posted: February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

I live in a state of low teacher pay.

I live in a country where people look down on educators.

I love my job and I love a good joke. However, the jokes are for everyone to see when we post them on social media.

Look at the following jokes, but as you do look at them from a non-educator mindset.

So if you’re a parent who’s child is in your class, what are they now thinking about having you as the teacher? Do you find out when the principal is gone and show a movie? Is my child the shithead in his/her class?

Think about that. What are you telling people about yourself and your class when you post this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest?

Now look at this one.

This is a sweet one. Helping parents know you care about their child is important. However, can it be seen the wrong way? Can this be viewed as a complaint of having a large class size?

This last one can be viewed as a complaint, but I feel it’s good for people to realize everything that is done in a day by teachers.

I guess what I’m saying is be careful what you post. You may see it as a joke. Your teacher friends may see it as a joke. Does everyone though? Who else is seeing what you post?

Be the best you can be but also be mindful about what you share with the world.