Blogger. 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. Teaching students with new tools, enthusiasm, and belief that teaching is a noble calling. This is an archive of my blogger blog since I started blogging here before I set up www.coolcatteacher.com
One of my students, Miller, answers questions on Terry Freedman's blog - her writing is excellent and it almost killed me NOT to edit or critique her work, but we really wanted her to share. She is an excellent writer and has well formed views about the use of technology in high schools, middle school, and elementary. You can ask her questions and she'll respond over the next few weeks. (Then she's taking summer break!)
I love this song and listen to it when I see students who mess up on a grade. Good students will sometimes not follow through. It is tough but tough love can often teach students. I do believe in mercy where it is appropriate but the other side is also important. Notice, this is saying "let me fall" but not let me "fail" -- there is a difference.
It is not FAILURE if you learn from your mistake.
"Let me fall Let me climb There's a moment when fear And dreams must collide
Someone I am Is waiting for courage The one I want The one I will become Will catch me
So let me fall If I must fall I won't heed your warnings I won't hear them
Let me fall If I fall Though the phoenix may Or may not rise
I will dance so freely Holding on to no one You can hold me only If you too will fall Away from all these Useless fears and chains"
Excellent efolio of work from Joy J in the 10th grade Introduction to Computer Science course. You can see an overview of the types of things done in this course and how Flat Classroom and NetGenEd were integrated into the curriculum as well as some videos. Joy is an excellent student and this portfolio with exception of a few tiny omissions is near perfect.