"Congratulations on your "milestone anniversary" and sorry for not having been better about responding to your questions this week. It got really busy, really fast when I was told that I am probably going to be piloting a BYOD program…"
"Based on the "responses" from the last two weeks, I would say the answer to #1 is "to take the last week of July and the first week of August off from having to think about anything to do with school." That said, thank you…"
"Aristotle - We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
This was a real "light bulb" chapter for me. Shauna, I am going to take the liberty of changing "drilling" in that first question to…"
"You may be out of touch with the contemporary realities, but I don't think that you are out of touch with your contemporaries. Just remember, one of the political parties in Texas made it part of their state platform to eliminate critical…"
"Thank you, Bill. I appreciate those words. I was just using that as an example of what Willingham is trying to discuss. That they can take the concrete information and they know it, but taking it outside of that context is…"
"As I read this chapter, one phrase kept coming back into my mind: Jack of all trades, master of none. I frequently have this problem with the Bill of Rights. Most of them have that "shallow knowledge," in that they know how they works, but…"
"Thank you for posing these questions, Shauna. I also found that section on discovery based learning interesting, primarily because that is one of the things that I am trying to learn more about this summer. Actually, project based…"
"Also guilty of doing that and needing to work on it. I would love to hear thoughts on how to do that assessment without putting one more "test" (formative, summative, pre-test, post-test, whatever lingo we want to throw out there) in…"
"Carla, I disagree with your statement about "doing things wrong." I have been to a number of differentiation workshops where they advocate for handing out the review sheet for the unit or the assignments for the unit assessment at…"
"1. Probably the best thing that I do for my students is an on-line, asynchronous discussion which requires them to read some kind of column or article from either a newspaper (usually the Boston Globe, our better local paper) or from a web article…"
"I think icivics.org is one of the best sites going for all things Constitution. It has some tremendous interactive games that deal with all branches of government and the Bill of Rights, lesson plans, web quests, pretty much whatever you are…"
"I absolutely agree with your statement about the difficulty some students have in deciphering primary sources. I am getting better at fleshing out the difficult vocabulary for them at the beginning or along the side of the page, but there is…"
"A1: It seems to me that the best way to make sure that students get to solve problems is to give them some. I have developed into a teacher who tends to stay as far away as possible from a text book and direct lecture as possible. …"