Juggling is not recommended?

Distractions are the epitome of my life.  I have always been a proud multitasker, but I’m starting to realize that this isn’t always a good thing.  Many of the environments that we work and live in each day don’t provide the structure to be a single-tasker.  We utilize computers and networks that have instant messaging, … Continue reading Juggling is not recommended?

How can I thank you, Sesame Street?

If a child can read, write, and count, but cannot converse, question and socialize, then he or she is not properly educated. - Neil Postman Neil Postman’s disputed quotes are something I find interesting to dissect as it brings to light some persuasive arguments regarding the ‘edutainment’ industry that is prevalent in our society and … Continue reading How can I thank you, Sesame Street?

What’s the theory behind all of this?

I have always been interested in the psychology of learning, which entails biological influences, social pressures, and environmental factors that affect how people think, act, and feel.  As teachers, we have a huge impact on how students gain knowledge, which is largely dependent on their learning style.  Believe it or not,  it is likely that … Continue reading What’s the theory behind all of this?

Empowerment is essential for social justice

Source “Engagement is more about what you can do for students. “Empowerment” is about helping students figure out what they can do for themselves.George Couros The last debate on the issue of teachers being responsible for using social media and technology to promote social justice involved a very engaging discussion. At a glance, I had … Continue reading Empowerment is essential for social justice

Openness and Sharing – Fair but Unfair

Used with permission from Pixabay Tonight's discussion debated on two different aspects of openness and sharing in school being unfair to our kids. Sherrie and Dean argued the benefits of openness and sharing with regards to learning and connecting with others across the world in a meaningful, purposeful way. Melinda and Altan argued the concerns … Continue reading Openness and Sharing – Fair but Unfair

Social media is CHANGING childhood, not ruining it.

Source I thoroughly enjoyed the debate that occurred today between Dean/Amy and Christina/Laurie on the topic of whether or not social media is ruining childhood. As Christina and Laurie highlighted, our childhoods looked a lot different than what children are experiencing now. However, this doesn't mean it is bad. The biggest difference is obviously technology. … Continue reading Social media is CHANGING childhood, not ruining it.