The snow and wind that came in last night has kept my two Sunday newspapers from being delivered - upsetting this creature of habit.
Another habit is posting a few odds and ends now and then that come across my radar...
"Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television." - David Letterman
I am a big fan of clever quotes, so one of my favorite RSS feeds is "Quotes of the Day" from The Quotations Page.
Mary J. Johnson, author, respected colleague and friend, has begun a new blog, The Primary Source Librarian that focuses on primary source research. Since I have always promoted this as means of both combating plagiarism and building engagement in school research assignment, I'm really looking forward to reading Mary's comments.
Miguel over at Around the Corner has a list of changes happening in the newspaper business, arranged by 'The way it is" and "The way it will be" and asks if there is a similar list for education. This is a list I use in one of my talks, mashed up from a bunch of sources...
The way it is: Teachers lecture - students listen
The way it will be: Teachers guide - students do
The way it is: Students work alone
The way it will be: Students work in groups
The way it is: Subjects are departmentalized
The way it will be: Subjects are integrated
The way it is: Curriculum fact centered
The way it will be: Curriculum problem centered
The way it is: Teacher primary source
The way it will be: Rich resource environment
The way it is: Primary print medium
The way it will be: Variety of media
The way it is: Success = tradition
The way it will be: Success = accountability
The way it is: Schools are insular
The way it will be: Schools are connected
The way it is: 3 R’s (Rote, Restraint, Regurgitation)
The way it will be: 5 C’s (Children, Computers, Communication, Creativity, Collaboration)
Before NCLB hit us, I thought our schools here in Minnesota were really moving toward the "way it will be" model. But we seem to be going backward now. Sigh...
Add your own comparisons!
Chris is an British expat educator who heads the Education Project Asia (TEPA) and lives in Chang Mai, Thailand. He has made Shambles a great resource for teachers, librarians and techs in SouthEast Asia. Spend some time on his site - it's a bit like an Asian bazaar in that you can find nearly anything if you are willing to dig a bit. I always learn something of value from his newsletter he publishes three times a year.
BTW, Skype was used to do this interview once again. I am getting to be a huge fan. I've even purchased some minutes so when I am in Bangkok late in March I can call the LWW directly on the home phone or her cell using Skype for about $.03 per minute. Way cool.
But Chris, if you are reading this, I still don't believe the elephant I rode through the jungle near Chang Mai still remembers me.
I think I heard the rumble of the snow plow go by. I off to check for the papers. Stay warm.