Monday, July 30, 2012

Last Week

This is the last week of the book club. For the last blog post, I'd like you to think about how you are going to do things differently in your classroom this year. Is there anything that you are going to change because of what you read in the book this summer or in the blog discussion?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Creativity in Your Classroom

The last paragraph of chapter 7 on page 83 is all about creativity and, according to Kindle, contains the two most highlighted passages. Have you given your students the "freedom and autonomy" (page 83) to show creativity? Are you finding or allowing your students to find new and different ways to share what they have learned? Or is this something with which you are still struggling? Share your successes and your struggles.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Ways of Looking at Time on Task and Learning

I love the letter that Mr. Johnson wrote to his students after he yelled at them (pages 112 and 113). This shows a big shift in his thinking about the learning taking place in his classroom. He's come to realize that the idea of "time on task" has changed and also, as stated toward the end of the letter, "You [the students] have taught me that if students are excited about learning, they will end up working harder." Have you noticed a change in how you think of learning and time on task in your classroom since the introduction of technology into your classroom? Have you seen a shift in your students' attitude toward learning?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Digital Citizenship

There is an entire chapter of the book dedicated to the idea that just because kids are digital natives, that does not necessarily mean they are digital citizens. How are you handling the idea of digital citizenship in your school or classroom? Is this something that is implicitly taught to your students? Is it taught through modeling? What do you think is involved in students becoming digital citizens?

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Fears

In the book, John Spencer brings up several examples of teachers' fears and hesitations in teaching in a 1:1 pencil/computer classroom. What were some concerns that you had as you heard about or prepared for your 1:1 computer classroom or what are some things you witnessed from your fellow teachers? How did you or other teachers deal with these concerns as you entered the reality of a 1:1 classroom? Or what are some concerns or roadblocks that still stand in your way?