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Please Join the Seedlings!


Please join the SEEDlings at 8:00 PM EST on June 2 for Summertime and Your Personal Learning Network, a free webinar from PBS and Classroom 2.0.

Click Here to join the session.

June 1, 2009   No Comments

Professional Development Meme

Michael Richards has included me in a meme based on summer professional development

Here are the directions:

Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2008 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.

Here are the rules:

Pick 3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/01/08).
Post the above directions along with your 3 goals on your blog.
Title your post Professional Development Meme and link back/trackback to
Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme.
Tag 8 others to participate in the meme.
Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”

Here are my goals:

Challenge my ideas and assess my next steps in professional development from the workshops and conversations at EdubloggerConEast and BLC in July.
Take 2 graduate level technology classes with Alice Barr in July.
Read by James Paul Gee.

Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.

I’ve picked my 8 folks randomly from the Seedling’s Ning:

  1. John Jaques
    Amanda Signal
    Frank Miracola
    Amy Kenyon
    Eric Lawson
    Kelly Rogers
    Mike Arsenault
    Robin Ellis

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June 10, 2008   1 Comment

New Category

Today I’m starting a new category on my blog: Professional Development Links. Perhaps the motivation is due to my missing writing reflections for the K12 Online Conference, but hopefully this will be a useful category for others and start discussions. Rather than links to “check out”, I see these as more indepth presentations or “workshops” to share and reflect on.

My first entry in this category is below.

March 6, 2007   No Comments

Lifelong Learning in Math

I really enjoyed this presentation as it drives home that we are innately equipped to be able to do —and love— math. So why is this breaking down once kids get to school?

There’s a great quote by a student who says that making mistakes is a good thing — that her teacher WANTS her to make mistakes. (Learning is Messy).

Unfortunately, I think a lot of students get the complete opposite message: that the answer is more important than the process. Those students that can quickly shout out an answer to a FACT question start to be seen as the “math wizzes”, and the students who are caught up in “finding meaning” in the numbers start to perceive themselves as not being as bright or as quick.

Thanks to edtechtalk for this link!

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Surprises in Mind

A video documentary on learning mathematics for K-8 teachers and administrators; 1 one-hour video program

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March 6, 2007   No Comments