Education, Technology

Evernote and Blogging Presentations

This week I was invited to share some of my expertise with a new class of Kenan Fellows.  This group includes a staggering diversity of teachers from novices to 30-year veterans, and tech newbies to those that put my skills to shame.  It’s a challenging audience, but they are so appreciative of everything that is shared with them.

As promised earlier this summer, however, I do want to share my slide decks with you.  You can find them embedded below.  Feel free to use of modify any of them (with attribution, of course).

Blogging as Reflection: Using WordPress to Capture the Learning Process


Evernote: Capture It When You See It, Find It When You Need It

Education

Courage to Fail [REPOST]

The fifth anniversary year of Scripted Spontaneity is winding down, but I have a few more favorite posts to highlight here.  What follows is a short piece I wrote in February 2011.  The original post and comments can be found here.

After ten years of teaching, there are many students whose memories haunt me. Most often it’s because of what I wish I had done differently. Sometimes I think about the ones with whom I was never able to connect or who never bought into what we were doing in class. Often these were those “reluctant learners” that come to our classes so accustomed to failure that they have lost any interest in learning.

I think about the “ones that got away” when I consider the changing face of public education and the new challenges that stand in front of us. I think about them when I am frustrated by the hypocrisy of high-level administrators entreating teachers to be innovative, yet not to stray from the prescribed pacing guide. I think about these “lost” students when I struggle with the language being used to describe this profession that I love and these colleagues whom I trust.

I am reminded of a recent post by Garr Reynolds, author of the fantastic Presentation Zen, on his PZ blog. With his spiritual, yet practical, way, Garr describes the power of failure. He quotes from Buddha in saying that

“There are only two mistakes that one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting.”

It’s these powerful words that resonate with me and help me get over the memory of past failure. The sentiment is a difficult one to grasp when you are faced with the real prospect of failure. By acknowledging as educators the risk of failure and its ability to teach us about ourselves, we model this critical awareness for our students. It takes great courage to be willing to fail, and we need to find a way to instill this courage in all of our students.

In coming up for air on the other side of this depressing issue, I decided to make a positive contribution to the conversation. And so, here is a slide that I hope will add some depth to your slide deck:

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Education

The Courage to Fail

After ten years of teaching, there are many students whose memories haunt me. Most often it’s because of what I wish I had done differently. Sometimes I think about the ones with whom I was never able to connect or who never bought into what we were doing in class. Often these were those “reluctant learners” that come to our classes so accustomed to failure that they have lost any interest in learning.

I think about the “ones that got away” when I consider the changing face of public education and the new challenges that stand in front of us. I think about them when I am frustrated by the hypocrisy of high-level administrators entreating teachers to be innovative, yet not to stray from the prescribed pacing guide. I think about these “lost” students when I struggle with the language being used to describe this profession that I love and these colleagues whom I trust.

I am reminded of a recent post by Garr Reynolds, author of the fantastic Presentation Zen, on his PZ blog. With his spiritual, yet practical, way, Garr describes the power of failure. He quotes from Buddha in saying that

“There are only two mistakes that one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting.”

It’s these powerful words that resonate with me and help me get over the memory of past failure. The sentiment is a difficult one to grasp when you are faced with the real prospect of failure. By acknowledging as educators the risk of failure and its ability to teach us about ourselves, we model this critical awareness for our students. It takes great courage to be willing to fail, and we need to find a way to instill this courage in all of our students.

In coming up for air on the other side of this depressing issue, I decided to make a positive contribution to the conversation. And so, here is a slide that I hope will add some depth to your slide deck:

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