Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture (via User Generated Education)

The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture Due to Khan Academy's popularity, the idea of the flipped classroom has gained press and credibility within education circles. Briefly, the Flipped Classroom can be described as: Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creati … Read More

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Action Research and Blog Significance (via reyesoneducation)

Action research is a powerful tool educators can use to find an area of interest and test ways to improve that area or problem. Usually, research is brought in conducted by an outside source to school districts to show administrators what can be implemented on their home campus for student success. Action research gives teachers and administrators the ability to tailor to the needs discovered by them, and decide on ways to address those concerns. … Read More

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Educational Research Frustrations (via Stacey Barber's bPortfolio)

This week while I was reading in the Kindle Application I pulled up other popular highlights from the text. Since I have been job searching I did not have enough to read every word of these two very long chapters. So, I used the popular highlights and read as much as I could. The highlights were useful and helpful to my spread-thin self. This week’s readings were from Christensen’s text: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Lea … Read More

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How can you avoid being misunderstood? (via Ely For Language)

After completing my book ‘Teaching Language Learners’ I have been asking people to review it. Expecting everyone to rave about it, and maybe a few people to point out some errors – no matter how careful I am, there always seem to be errors — I was somewhat surprised to receive my most recent reviews. Before I comment I should add that most reviews of the book have been very helpful and positive – e.g. from an experienced teacher of EFL, English a … Read More

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How to argue on the internet (via Measure of Doubt)

How to argue on the internet It's plenty hard enough to get someone to listen to your arguments in a debate, given how attached people are naturally to their own ideas and ways of thinking. But it becomes even harder when you trigger someone's emotional side, by making them feel like you're attacking them and putting them automatically i … Read More

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Creating Classroom Rules (via Educational Aspirations)

Creating Classroom Rules  Image by Federico Stevanin It's only been three days since school has started and so much has already taken place.  In reality, it  feels like three non-stop days of meetings and teaching.  Many teachers are recharging this weekend to begin again on Monday.  After reflecting on the last few days of school, I'm now starting to plan specific learning opportunities for next week. Many community building activities were emphasized this past week.  M … Read More

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Do you have an idea for a mobile- learning project? (via My Mind Bursts)

Mobile Learning Challenge If you are interested in mobile learning here's a challenge from IET colleague Prof Agnes Kukulska-Hulme – co-author of some of the material in mobile learning (Week 19 of H800 of the Masters in Open and Distance Education). Search 'mobile', 'm-learning' or 'agnes' here for my notes from the last 18 months if you are interested in having a go?  Perhaps some of us could work together and give the winnings to an educa … Read More

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Play With Your Words #39: A Birthday Party for Someone you Love (via Literate Lives)

Today is my oldest son Jeremiah’s birthday. Over the years he’s had a lot of fun birthday parties. Some of the most memorable included a big splash contest in my parents’ pool and a food fight in our back yard… (Deck the boughs with strands of pasta, tra-la-la-la-la tra-la-la-la.) It’s fun to plan a party, be it a child’s, a grandchild’s, or my mother’s seventieth. Think of someone you love and dream up a fantastic birthday bash you wish you coul … Read More

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Dear Agony Aunts… (via Reflective Teaching)

Dear Agony Aunts... This is hardly something I’m proud of, but then this isn’t all supposed to be about winning gold at the Teaching Olympics (if only such a competition existed…). I wanted to share it and see if any of you have had similar worries and we can all have some kind of group therapy/wailing session. Here goes… I’m kind of worried that one of my classes is losing the plot a bit. Last week, we were looking at an article (student-provided 🙂 ) by “No Impact … Read More

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Why a blog? (after a year of blogging almost daily) (via Intersecting Processes)

Since late August 2010 I have posted a blog entry on this blog or (from January onwards) on the companion almost every day (over 300 in all).  How do the reasons for blogging that I formulated in November look at this point? 1. To make sure I write every morning (even if the post is drawn from past work) before the busy-ness of teaching and administration takes over my day. I was able to keep up daily posting by drawing f … Read More

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