Archive for February, 2011

Angela Maiers poses some wonderful Parent-Teacher Conference questions at her blog.  Her personal experience in gaining answers met mixed results, but she explains how these questions do not fit into the aspect of data that has high priority in schools.  However, the questions are what I want to know the answers to as a parent.

The questions:

  • Who is my child to you?
  • Who are they as readers, writers, community members?
  • What makes them unique?
  • What are they passionate about?
  • How do they add value to your class and the wider community?
  • What makes you proud?

Read Angela’s article to learn more:  Parent Teacher Conference: “The Morning After”

What is rigor?

Posted: February 17, 2011 in Education, Learning, School, Students, teachers, Teaching

Definition of RIGOR

1 a (1) : harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgment : severity (2) : the quality of being unyielding or inflexible : strictness (3) : severity of life : austerity b : an act or instance of strictness, severity, or cruelty
2: a tremor caused by a chill
3: a condition that makes life difficult, challenging, or uncomfortable; especially : extremity of cold
4: strict precision : exactness <logical rigor>
5 a obsolete : rigidity, stiffness b : rigidness or torpor of organs or tissue that prevents response to stimuli c : rigor mortis
This is what we want in education!?!  I’m out if it is!

Mission US is an interactive web based game that is a fun way to learn about the Revolutionary War.

Reply All…

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Computer, Just For Fun, Technology

One of my favorite ads from the Super Bowl:

Interesting graphic in the Washington Post (see graphic below showing growth of the world’s capacity to store information)

4 Years of Blogging…

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Reflection

Four years ago I started this blog, and time has slipped by much quicker than I ever imagined.  At the start of the blog I was searching for an instructional technology position that I soon found.  That position took me and my family from western Wyoming to Greater Nebraska and the city of North Platte.  Many changes have occured in the North Platte Public Schools, and I can say I have witnessed and been a part of many advances in the technology available to staff and students. Where life takes me next is always up in the air.  I am always looking for new opportunities and adventures.  Sometimes those new things are found right where I am and sometimes they are in a distant place.  We’ll have to see what happens.  Four years from now will be interesting to see…I wonder.