The other day, the Daily Create asked us to list 20 ways that we document our learning. Sure, I could have gone the serious route. But … I didn’t. So, here using Haiku Deck as a way to connect to themes of “design practice” this week at DS106, is my Top Ten Ways to Document Learning.
While this infographic was put together by a financial company (thus, the last section around the need for curriculum about finances), the overall message is one that we need to remember. We teachers make a big difference in the lives of our students.
We had some rain yesterday and when I looked out the front door, there on the window … was a frog. I caught my own reflection taking an image of the frog. It came out odd, but oddly right in tune with seeing a frog stuck to the door.
I’ll be back to the blogging about teaching and writing and learning and more soon enough, but my head is still on the beach with my family even though my body is back home. And in less than a week, I will be at school for PD, getting ready for this coming year’s students. I feel my brain getting full already, and have begun to have those middle-of-the-night-preparation-wake-up-moments when school starts creeping back into sleep.
You know what I mean?
For now, though, here are a few scenes from Maine. I used a panorama app on the iPad.
Scott McLeod has been hosting a blogging Leadership Day at his Dangerously Irrelevant site for the past few years, encouraging bloggers to give advice to administrators. I’ve participated a number of times, with comics and blog posts and other various messages. (See some of the past posts of mine). Today is Leadership Day 2013, and Scott encourages you to write and share for administrators in the world of education. Go to his post and see how to go about doing that (basically, write and post and tag, and then put the link into his Google Doc survey to share)
This year, I am using Twine to create a “choose your path” story for an interim administrator. Although Scott has many possible prompts around technology and learning, I did not focus on that this year. Instead, I focused on leadership in general. We have an interim principal this coming year, and that must be a difficult job to come into, particularly when you are following in the heels of a longtime administrator who made his mark on our school. I wish our new interim principal well, and hope she is an active listener. She has already reached out to me about technology and learning, so I will take that as a positive sign.
We’ve finally (mostly) ended youth baseball in our house (the playing, not the watching, darn those Red Sox last night), and I was reminded of this classic joke of “Who’s on First” and a later version of it. The heart of the joke, of course, is language, and timing.
Here is Jimmy Fallon and a crew of famous comedians (You should recognize most of them):
Music and songwriting have always been ways of protest. Check out this rap by a teacher, Jeremy Dudley, that hits hard against this age of testing everything. You can find more out about the video over at the Answer Sheet, where I first found this rap.