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Comment on 10 Years of Blogging: Time for a Change and a Book by perde

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:36:16 +0000

I may end up archiving the thought pieces here in the long run.

Comment on 10 Years of Blogging: Time for a Change and a Book by Nancy DePasquale

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:55:40 +0000

A simple "Thank You" for someone who started my teaching in a new direction and a new way of learning.

Comment on 10 Years of Blogging: Time for a Change and a Book by Mark Collins

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:32:10 +0000

Congrats on your new endeavor.

Comment on The UnCommon Core by Josh Milne

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 22:13:36 +0000

Will, I was assigned to your blog as a requirement for my EDM 310 class with Dr. Strange at the University of South Alabama. I agree that schools put too much emphasis on students passing the tests. I know some schools have almost a whole week where they do nothing but the state standardized test all morning, and then basically a free day the rest of the day. I know when I was in high school grades 9-12 all had the same standardized tests based on the core classes (Math, Reading, History, etc...). So if you passed them all in ninth or tenth grade, then you had to sit in the gym for hours each morning during testing as a junior and senior. We were not taught anything nor were we required to do anything while we were in the gym. We just had to sit there and wait. One of my professors had recently mentioned a bill being passed, not sure if it was state or county, that students who fail a test (not the standardized tests) have to be given the opportunity to retake it, but the highest grade on the retake cannot be higher than a 70. I have not fully researched this so I am not completely positive this is true. If it is true I think this would be a horrible idea and would not teach students anything positive. This is only going to enable the students who do not care about their education and are happy with just getting by.

Comment on The UnCommon Core by Dory Morris

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 00:39:19 +0000

Your semantic point is something that I had never thought of, thank you for pointing that out. I believe that we need to respect our differences, while achieving common goals. I think we began with equality due to the "same job, same pay," but now I believe we do need to move beyond and strive for equity.

Comment on The UnCommon Core by Dory Morris

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 00:33:00 +0000

I agree with your observation that we need to add collaborative learning rather than competitive learning to our wording of schools. When I was going through school, I was always bored with my studies, ensuring that I would not try harder because I was not challenged. Now that I have my own children in school, I find I am worried about them being challenged and them getting beyond just learning and regurgitating. I am currently going for my Ed.D. and am learning about knowledge management, something that encourages the collaboration and innovation that I feel our school systems lack. I find that I have learned more through collaborating with others to gain their points of view than just trying to "one-up" those I work or interact with.

Comment on 10 Years of Blogging: Time for a Change and a Book by John O'Laughlin

Sat, 02 Jul 2011 16:08:50 +0000

Will, Congratulations on the book transition and the new venue. Thanks for the collection of learning and collaboration over a decade. That's quite a milestone. John

Comment on The UnCommon Core by Debra Gottsleben

Sat, 02 Jul 2011 15:55:05 +0000

Will, first of all it was so exciting to see Mary Ann Reilly quoted. I am honored to work with her. But I must take exception to your labeling this piece "Elitist, preachy, liberal, rantish stuff...". You do yourself a disservice labeling your work this way. With a few changes your proposals for what every child should know should, could , and must be embraced by everyone whether they label themselves liberal or conservative. While some who label themselves conservative may not like your first proposal that students learn to "live softly on the Earth" and instead feel that humans (read Americans)have the right to dominate over nature they had better make sure that all students are able to do a risk/benefit analysis of any proposal. Some people might be willing to concede environmental impact for economic benefit but it is still essential to understand what the tradeoffs are. Also, some might take exception to #12 embracing diversity. You may not want to embrace diversity but you still must be able to navigate a world that includes peoples of many different cultures; a gated community can only isolate you for so long. I am both a school librarian and a parent of 2 young adults and I can tell you that your proposals are what I hoped my children would learn in school. It is up to all of us to insist that ideas like these are what form the basis of educational reform.

Comment on 10 Years of Blogging: Time for a Change and a Book by Suzanne

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:34:42 +0000

Will, From the time I attended the Colorado TIE Conference in 2007 and heard your keynote, I have been on a transformational learning journey. While you are pausing to reflect and refine your growing body of work, I am using this opportunity to let you know that you have impacted me - and those who know me. In the time that I have been following you, I have gone from being an Ed Tech helper in a school district to a present day grad student working towards my K-6 licence and MAT - at the age of 50. For the past several years I have "listened to" ed tech conversations in multiple formats and forums. After doing what I could to influence change in the classroom without the conventional certifications and degrees, I have decided to dive all the way in, become a teacher and see what can be done from within the classroom. I couldn't be more exhilarated. You, and the online community you helped me find, have guided me in framing my teaching philosophy and have inspired me to move forward - you have done exactly what a PLN should do. So thank you. While things can seem a bit dark and dire at times, you ARE making a difference. I know you know that, but I needed to tell you anyway!

Comment on 10 Years of Blogging: Time for a Change and a Book by | Exploring and Learning about Web 2.0

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:49:04 +0000

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