Art Department Rules
Dear K12, I’m sorry I have to be the one to tell you this but the vendors are not your friends. You are not one “big family.” Maybe you can be “partners” but really even that is a distant dream most of the time. Anything they seem to do for you is done with a firm look at the bottom line and how they can use you to make money. These are not gifts. Seriously. You can’t afford to be this naive any longer. That “award” certifying you as a really super X-brand teacher, that free conference registration- these are not things they do for you out of kindnessGranted, you may be awesome. I’m not disputing that- although listing every award you’ve ever gotten in your email signature is a bit much in my opinion.. This is for them. Every single bit of it, bought and paid for. Their return on investment is pre-calculated. If it didn’t make them money, they would not do it. Don’t get me wrong. Take the awards, take the trips or whatever- just don’t forget that they are getting what they want out of you. Make sure you’re getting what you want out of them in return. This is a transaction, a business transaction. Make sure it’s an equal transaction. Think about what you’re doing […]
Elementary Math Classroom Observation from Tom Woodward on Vimeo. This is a fairly straight forward classroom observation video aimed at helping teach our admins about gathering data. The focus of this particular video was engagement. I’ll be posting the pre-observation interview later. This is part of our revamped professional growth process. It’s pretty interesting if you’re into that kind of stuff. If you are that kind of person, there’s a lot more information about what we’re doing here.
This is an interesting time to attempt interesting things. There is a lot being documented at the momentAnd built, like everything, on a lot of older hard work. that ought to be shaping how we think and what we do in K12. Mike Caulfield’s posts on distributed flipsHaircut, surfer term, or dessert, you decide. and the design of open materials for blended classroomsRead the comments. Jim Groom’s posts on creating open source learning environments. Alan Levine’s work with the #ds106 architecture and the idea of a “headless” #ds106 course Dan Meyer’s MakeoverMondays That’s just the tip of the iceberg but I think it’s representative of an interesting mixture of elements- creating/shaping content/media, creating context around that media, and workflows around sharing/authoring that contextualized media in a way that encourages communities that both reinforce and challenge ideas around how to teach. I don’t know if that makes any sense but I’ll try to show how it’s shaping what we’re trying to do in Henrico in the coming year. Needs More and better examples of just about everything – Currently our Henrico 21 site is meant to help show people interesting things to do that fit within our definition of blended/technology-enhanced learning. I think it serves a certain purpose and there are 900 or so lesson plans there but in the end, […]