OK. There are some things that I just don’t get. For example:
• Why is it rude for guys to wear hats in the building?
• Why, if my feet hurt from wearing hard soled shoes, does that make me more professional and a better teacher? You only feel as good as you look? I’m in PAIN!
• Why must students sit at a desk for seven hours a day, feet flat on the floor, and listen to a teacher talk all day and they’re not allowed to talk to their neighbor at all?
• Why can’t a student sit or go somewhere else to learn?
I feel for what students go through. One does something forever, and after awhile, it’s so ingrained, people forget why they do what they do. Is questioning necessarily a sign of rebellion? Is rebellion healthy?
I’m taking three graduate courses, working full time during the day, leading workshops after work, and teaching at night until 9:00. Afterwards, I come home to study. I sat down at the computer, which sits in front of the window, to write my paper and looked outside on this beautiful day. I thought I’d climb out of my skin, for I’d rather work outside that be imprisoned inside and tethered to a computer. My solution? I took my laptop outside. Result? Productivity. The mind said, “Stay at the computer,” while the rebel said, “Make the best of it! Take it outside!”
How can technology help rescue bored people? The mantra today seems to be, “I can’t do that because they need to prepare for the SOLs and Benchmarks!” It makes one think of the old Roman slave ships.
b) Voicethreads (we have a license for this!!!)
c) begin a Wiki
d) start a blog
e) make a movie
f) use digital cameras (we have them!)
g) make a KidPix slideshow
h) visit a software program that you’ve not used before such as MapMachine
i) use the Activslate and Activexpressions
Let’s break free! Why follow the crowd? Do you remember the Dodge Different Commercials around 2003? Remember the CEO wearing red high tops? The red chili pepper in the midst of potatoes? Let’s take on the red high top philosophy and be different!