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Nothing Compares to Being a First-Year Teacher

“A student urinated on my floor when I was out in the hallway.  On a day I was absent, students jettisoned textbooks and graded papers out my second-story classroom window.  A computer monitor was smashed on my floor after a rage-filled overhead toss.  I witnessed a basketball player punch another student in the face before school, stay in class all day, and then suit up for the afternoon’s game.  No consequences.” When I reread the following essay I wrote over eight years ago about my first-year teaching in 2004-2005, I’m… Read more Nothing Compares to Being a First-Year Teacher

Students Create 100%.

Have you used Prezi?  Or Wordle?  How about Xtranormal?  Somebody recently posted the Wordle below about their affinity for cell phones.  It looks cool, I’ll admit that.  But are these the types of technology applications that are truly useful, and worth employing in classrooms? I’ve personally tested out these Web 2.0 programs, and I’ve also attempted to use them in room 137.  While they can be used to create products that are pleasing to the eye, or perhaps engage students, the level of thinking that’s required is debatable.  Plus, as… Read more Students Create 100%.

That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout!

When he “raises” his voice, it is inaudible.  His voice couldn’t even be classified as a whisper–we can usually understand a whisper if we move close enough to the speaker.  Yet he has a pleasant demeanor, as do most of the mentally disabled students in my digital storytelling course.  His eyes light up when he greets me at the door with a fist bump.  He then shuffles to retrieve his notebook and folder, and I’ll inevitably  go 70 minutes without hearing him utter a single word.  Could you speak louder? … Read more That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout!