Teacher Leader

I’ve decided to diverge from the suggested prompt today. What I’d like to talk about instead is my commitment to being a teacher leader. To me, that means that I advocate for good practices with my colleagues, both in my own department or wherever I meet teachers. I try to …

Teachnology

Frequently, when I type the word “technology,” I accidentally type “teachnology.” It seems appropriate to me since I believe that technology is an effective way to teach students. I like that technology: encourages collaboration helps students develop a sense of design/visual literacy is public and therefore makes for an actual …

Information Literacy

Last spring, I took part in a faculty collaborative group devoted to information literacy. With the support of two intelligent librarians, Vang Vang and Monica Fusich, I adapted an assignment developed by Joanna Burkhardt and Mary MacDonald. They called it the Paper Trails project, a name I really liked so …

Podcasts

This semester, my students made podcasts responding to the California Writing Project’s invitation to write about the idea of “Upstanders, Not Bystanders.” Most of the students used a combination of Garage Band, iTunes, and Podomatic to do their podcast, although some used Photo Story 3 and YouTube. They were all …