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Wednesday, March 4

  1. page Tyack & Cuban Why the Grammar of Schooling Persists edited The hfThe article by The idea of external influences, like the expansion of elementary educatio…
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    The idea of external influences, like the expansion of elementary education, and the shift from one-room rural schools to larger urban schools, and how these changes created new systems of education was interesting. I was reminded of the video that we watched on Friday. Tyack and Cuban say "they did seek greater efficiency by concentrating the work of a teacher on one grade in which students could be grouped by academic proficiency and could learn an uniform curriculum."
    To me this reflects the Perrenealist culture, that students are taught a certain set of knowledge and the essential task of education was to make them productive members of society and preparing them to work in a factory.
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Tuesday, July 19

  1. page Dan-- Outside of Waldorf's World edited ... 4) What educational philosophies do you believe should be introduced to or strengthened within…
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    4) What educational philosophies do you believe should be introduced to or strengthened within the Waldorf school?
    5) How can we extract Waldorf elements we like and integrate them with a non-Waldorf environment, students, and curriculum? Do you think that it is possible?
    Hi Dan,
    Well done on your presentation. I had never heard of Waldorf schools before, so all of the information was new to me. Your applications of the fundamental theories was well done. You placed strong emphasis on humanism which I could totally see in the Waldorf method. I found the idea of using drawing a precursor to writing to be quite interesting.
    Jenn

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  2. page Using Writing in the Math Classroom, A Foundations Project by Serge edited ... Where will I go from here? I will start slowly but consistently to build up both the variety …
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    Where will I go from here?
    I will start slowly but consistently to build up both the variety and frequency of language arts based assessments. Since I teach grades 6-8, I should be able to phase this in over a period of three years, growing that dimension annually.
    Hi Serge,
    I just wanted to pop on and say well done on your presentation. I thought that your level of self reflection throughout the presentations and your conceptualizing possible future lessons were both well done. I liked your ideas for including writing and language arts in math lessons. I also liked your idea of having students write an autobiography at the start of the year to be a great idea.
    Well done,
    Jenn

    Here is the most recent link to my spicynode. In it I am attempting to organize my thoughts around the myriad of assessment tools possible if allowing language arts into the mathematics classroom.
    http://www.spicynodes.org/yournodes_view_nodes.html?nodemapNum=0
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  3. page Reading Groups (Alycia) edited ... Through this study, I learned that teacher expectations of students can really have a negative…
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    Through this study, I learned that teacher expectations of students can really have a negative effect on students in a myriad ways, many of which teachers are unaware of. This is the most important thing I have learned because while the use of leveled reading groups will surely continue, I will be able to be conscious of any expectations I do have for students or groups, and I will be able to practice certain methods, such as using running records in both traditional and observational assessments, to help combat those potentially low expectations. These are things I will be able to do starting in September and will have an extremely practical application while I work with the teacher I am assisting in first grade.
    Given more time and resources, I would like to find more research about other options that have been discovered as alternatives to leveled reading groups. The research out there now does show that leveled reading groups has a positive benefit for all students; however, it is not of equal benefit for all students. I am interested to see if researchers and educators have come up with real alternatives for leveled reading groups and what impact those alternatives have on students’ learning in literacy.
    Hey Alycia,
    Great job on your presentation. As the first presenter, you set the bar high for organization and speaking with confidence. I thought that your use of examples of high and low level readers were an excellent tool for bringing home the points that you were making. Your use of the fundamental theories and their application to your content was well thought out. You used a good balance of your opinion and opinion supported by research.
    Well done,
    Jenn

    Alycia,
    As I believe I mentioned during my presentation, I derived a great deal of insight into how similar you "reading group" pros/cons parallel our own when creating math groupings by streaming. Despite the apparent disparity between our disciplines they are actually much more similar than they are dissimilar. We will likely re-evaluate this within the next year as we are losing a teacher and going from three to two math teachers. Thus, my school's math sectioning practice will need to be examined further to determine how best to pursue maximum assessed skill acquisition for our students.
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  4. page Brian's Final Project edited Hey all! Here is all the information pertaining to my final project: Outline, Prezi, Agenda, Journa…
    Hey all! Here is all the information pertaining to my final project: Outline, Prezi, Agenda, Journal Articles, Cartoons, Videos, and other resources.
    Please put any comments or questions you have here:
    Hi Brian,
    I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday and thought you did a great job sharing the research and information you found. Here is the link to the Ted Talk I was talking about when we were discussing the benefits laughing/smiling can have on a person's overall well-being. Your presentation and this person's research definitely make me want to have a little more laughter and humor in my classroom and life in general!
    http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_gutman_the_hidden_power_of_smiling.html
    -Alycia
    Hi Bryan,
    I finally have some time to sit down and write comments. I really enjoyed your presentation. Your work with the spicy node made me want to take another look at that program and to try to get it working for me. You mentioned the book "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" which has motivated me to get a copy ordered. Your take on humor and how to use it in the classroom to motivate and to encourage was very enjoyable.
    Well done,
    Jenn

    Tickling Your Funny Brain: Using Humor in the Secondary English Language Arts Classroom (An Outline)Brian Hennelly, July 2011
    Genesis and Context
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  5. page ESL Past, Present,and Future (Lori and Jenn) edited Jenn and Lori, you continue to find good material. Are you able to focus clearly?? That wi…

    Jenn and Lori, you continue to find good material. Are you able to focus clearly?? That will be important in a short presentation. Despite having "more" time this is still a short time...work on the focus. K
    I truly enjoyed working with Jenn on this project. We could have gone in a multitude of directions, but we chose to really focus on where we hope the ESL programs in our schools will go. In thinking about that very pragmatic theme, we had reason to carefully review--and think critically about---the history of ESL, education in general, and the idea of power that is associated with language. We found many sources and I benefitted greatly from looking through the tesol.org site, as this seemed to have very up-to-date and rather "official" positions on various ESL issues. I think our presentation itself went well, and I was grateful for the meaningful participation we had from our colleagues. Overall, this was a very positive experience and again, it was great to work with Jenn.
    What is interesting to me, though, is all the behind-the-scenes thought that went into all of our presentations. I can only speak for myself, but I'm certain we all felt this way. We chose a topic, did research, and completed a presentation but in addition---there was all this other "stuff" circling around in my mind and I could have presented on about ten different things today---all of which I'm keenly interested in! I know I'm not alone in this and I suppose that is bound to happen in an environment such as this, where everything is rather intense, we're reading volumes about a variety of subjects, we're thinking critically about what we teach, why we teach, and even--in some cases--who we are as individuals. No light subject matter, there!
    So, this was a good experience and I learned a lot through the process of reading and putting together our presentation. The areas that I will continue to focus on, which I hadn't planned on at all, are social reconstructivism, multicultural literacy, and language policy. Thanks to everyone for all your support. I learned a lot! -Lori
    Lori's thoughts are very true for me about ideas floating around in my head. This project topic was a great choice for both of us as both of us work in EAL/ESL. I was happy to choose a topic that would allow me to do research and to find things that I would be able to use right from day one of the next school year. I loved working with Lori. Her experience in linguistics and great organization skills gave us a strong backbone throughout our research.
    There are so many topics of possible research that have come out of this. When I can into the presentation I really wanted to find new methods for teaching ESL. The journal articles I read did not necessarily help me to do this, as I found that there is no 'magic method' for esl teaching. My research showed me that the standard methods work best when used in combination with each other. I found a strong emphasis placed on reading in large quantities and in teaching grammar. I also found tips for using mordern technology in the ESL classroom.
    For future research, I would like to continue to use all of the research done and posted here on the wiki to get deeper into the topic and to find out how to motivate ESL learners, how to correct common and learned errors, and new uses of technology in the classroom. As a branch off topic, I would like to do research into programs for gifted and talented students and ways of bringing out the best in them. Though not directly related to my original topic, I think thinking about groups of students in my classroom has motivated me to think of what other groups I should be thinking of things for.
    It was an interesting project, and I really enjoyed the work and working with Lori.
    Jenn

    Hi Karen, thanks for checking in. I am using the Wiki as a chance to provide lots of info to everyone for future use when they go back to the schools. We have a good focus and path planned for the presentation. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's!
    Have a good night,
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  6. page Globalization and its Impact on Education edited ... I particularly liked the section on "Globalization and the Purpose of Schooling," as…
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    I particularly liked the section on "Globalization and the Purpose of Schooling," as we have talked a lot about the contrast between a more globalized view of the world and respecting local cultures and values. "The term global in public discourse is often referred to as a positive value, while more local views on education and education's relationship to society are considered parochial or limited in view and lacking in vision" (295). As we have mentioned before in class and seen in many of the other readings, a balance needs to be taken between a global education and a cultural education. I also liked the connection the article made to our discussion on "Training for Work and Survival," explaining how at least half of the jobs in the new economic environment will be much more vocational rather than academic. It's understandable why students are looking for more practical skills in university rather than the traditional ivory tower education.
    -Alycia
    I found the globalization and education access and opportunity to be very interesting. Promise for long-term growth in economic productivity was offered by globalization for those who was in less privileged areas. Unfortunately, it has not lived up to its promise and the tendency for global benefits such as information, communication, and technology go more towards the wealthy countries. People in Africa should be a top priority to be educated as they are going through economic hardship and HIV/AIDS is spreading like wildfire, and why? Because they are not educated or aware of how to protect themselves from the disease. It is a vicious cycle as families are not able to support HIV/AIDS so they have to take their children out of the school to help as an additional income. This means another child has missed out on education and will most likely fall into the same patterns as their family members. Sad!!! =( It makes me think about how much I take for granted, we have such a gift to be exposed and have opportunities to be educated!
    -Kim

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  7. page Kim's Final Project edited ... My final project will be on the motivational theory in hopes to give some in site on different…
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    My final project will be on the motivational theory in hopes to give some in site on different methods to keep students engaged and excited about leaning.
    My final reflection:
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    natural curiosity.
    If I could continue my study on motivation in the classroom, I would like to look into how I could put everything I learned in an applied lesson form. I did focus on what would help a teacher motivate their students such as making learning interesting by emphasizing activity, investigation, adventure, and social interaction. Now my next step I would like to put those "words" into action, see what types of activities I would be able to come up with to keep the children engaged and motivated in what they are learning. I would try to do this both with PE activities and in class activities.
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    strong points.
    Final Prezi:
    http://prezi.com/c1c4f1bdfy50/copy-of-motivation/

    Checkout my Spicynode:
    http://www.spicynodes.org/yournodes_view_nodes.html?nodemapNum=0&nodemapNum=0
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  8. page Kim's Final Project edited Hello Everyone, ... about leaning. My final reflection: I found my subject to be interesting…
    Hello Everyone,
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    about leaning.
    My final reflection:
    I found my subject to be interesting when researching the history, studies, and teaching methods about motivating students. I found that looking into intrinsic and extrinsic learning, identifying what motivates me and how it effects my class was very beneficial. Finding from several studies it is proven that extrinsic motivation can actually hinder the learners creativity, narrow ones focus and dulls thinking. Knowing this information will help me in the future when encouraging my students to make choices, engaging their emotions, and help them identify their natural curiosity.
    If I could continue my study on motivation in the classroom, I would like to look into how I could put everything I learned in an applied lesson form. I did focus on what would help a teacher motivate their students such as making learning interesting by emphasizing activity, investigation, adventure, and social interaction. Now my next step I would like to put those "words" into action, see what types of activities I would be able to come up with to keep the children engaged and motivated in what they are learning. I would try to do this both with PE activities and in class activities.
    My personal criticism on my presentation is that I would have been more specific on my topic as motivation itself was very broad. I feel that I could have done a better job if I did focus on one area of motivation such as intrinsic and extrinsic methods. I felt that I would have been able to deliver the information better and in a motivational way. I was trying to hit too many areas of motivation (all the philosophies) which I felt were not very "exciting" to listen to. As you said, it was a "rough draft" and I am going to think of it as that. I learned a lot from this presentation, I will take the good out of it and change what I felt were not my strong points.

    Checkout my Spicynode:
    http://www.spicynodes.org/yournodes_view_nodes.html?nodemapNum=0&nodemapNum=0
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Monday, July 18

  1. page Reading Groups (Alycia) edited ... Through this study, I learned that teacher expectations of students can really have a negative…
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    Through this study, I learned that teacher expectations of students can really have a negative effect on students in a myriad ways, many of which teachers are unaware of. This is the most important thing I have learned because while the use of leveled reading groups will surely continue, I will be able to be conscious of any expectations I do have for students or groups, and I will be able to practice certain methods, such as using running records in both traditional and observational assessments, to help combat those potentially low expectations. These are things I will be able to do starting in September and will have an extremely practical application while I work with the teacher I am assisting in first grade.
    Given more time and resources, I would like to find more research about other options that have been discovered as alternatives to leveled reading groups. The research out there now does show that leveled reading groups has a positive benefit for all students; however, it is not of equal benefit for all students. I am interested to see if researchers and educators have come up with real alternatives for leveled reading groups and what impact those alternatives have on students’ learning in literacy.
    Alycia,
    As I believe I mentioned during my presentation, I derived a great deal of insight into how similar you "reading group" pros/cons parallel our own when creating math groupings by streaming. Despite the apparent disparity between our disciplines they are actually much more similar than they are dissimilar. We will likely re-evaluate this within the next year as we are losing a teacher and going from three to two math teachers. Thus, my school's math sectioning practice will need to be examined further to determine how best to pursue maximum assessed skill acquisition for our students.
    -Serge

    Investigation
    I am looking at the use of reading groups in early elementary literacy programs. Though I have yet to work with reading groups, I will be working in a first grade classroom this coming year, and reading groups are a big part of the literacy program at my school. It is also a widely-practiced method to teach reading. Based on some of our class discussions on grouping students by abilities and teacher expectations, I want to explore the history, the validity of practice, and see what kind of research is available about this type of literacy program
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