Wednesday, June 21, 2006


This blog is sleeping again. Please visit the main blog for everything that I'm up to right now.

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Experiment Returns

It's time to dust the cobwebs off of this blog, because I've got an idea that belongs in this space. Next quarter, I will return to teaching public speech, a subject I haven't formally taught for a couple of years. I want my speech class to be a combination of writing for public audiences, speaking for public audiences, and learning how to collect and present information in such a way as to be useful for both speaking and writing.
That's where I think the blog comes in.
I want each of my students to maintain a public research blog on the topic or two of their choice. They will collect information in these spaces, link to source material, write reflections on what they've learned. We'll Suprglu the class blogs together to have a class page of knowledge to use to share tips and thoughts. Perhaps, after speeches are given, they will be able to podcast via their blogs, if they so choose -- although I don't know that I want to require that. But then again, maybe I do.
If you are reading this, then I'm guessing that you might have some ideas about how to teach a speech class. What should we be sure to cover? What sorts of topics do you think would be interesting enough for possibly reluctant high school students to study for several weeks?
Ten days to go time. I wonder if this plan will work.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Shhhhh . . . .

. . ..this blog is sleeping. It'll be awake soon. In the meantime, hop on over to my main blog to keep up with the conversation. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Take a Moment

I don't know how many of you already know this -- but since Anne Davis has been a teacher in our classroom, I thought you might want to stop by her blog and share a kind word.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The class speaks . . .er . . .podcasts

Yesterday in class, we stumbled into our first podcast. We were talking about how to grade blogs -- and then we got to talking about a lot more. In true Dave Winer fashion, I started the recorder to capture their thoughts.
I was blown away by the words and ideas coming from my students. I am proud of their thinking and the seriousness with which they are treating their education.I only wish the other half of the class had been present for the conversation.
Maybe Next time.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Thinking vs. Seeing

Michael said this a while ago -- and I've been meaning to post it since. It's too good to forget.
We were talking about the differences between blogs and online journals.
He said something like:
An online journal is somewhere someone posts their thoughts when they hope that someone will see them. A blog is where someone posts their thoughts when they hope that someone will think about them.

It's a subtle difference -- but an important one. Thanks, Michael.

Blogging Habits

Moe had a bit of writer's block at the end of last week, leading us to create a little space to write down our ideas for when you're stuck and blogging.
As always, Nancy had some really good ideas for ways to help get blogging going:
It seems that the only real prompts are things that we read. Could you post interesting links? Maybe furl a bunch of articles that students could read and comment on in their blogs?

She's right, y'all. I've spoken with Tyr, and he's going to try to put a Furl feed onto that wiki page.
In addition, Nancy has some more advice for when you get stuck as a blogger:

What I have noticed in my own blog is that I blog less when I don't have/take the time to read other blogs. That is what has been going on for the last few weeks. So it isn't the habit of writing in my blog that is concerning me but the habit of reading. I need to make more time for that. When I do, the blogging comes naturally.
Both she and I are working on our "blogging habit," trying to make blogging something that we do regularly. I hope that you, too, will continue to write regularly and thoughtfully after this class is complete. Writing is the key solid thinking. Reading is the key to good writing. It's all about reading, writing and thinking.
You can read more of my writing about my thinking about my blogging habit here, if you'd like.
What do you think?

Monday, May 09, 2005

Something to think about

Hey y'all.
I hope that your weekends were fun and enjoyable -- and that you really got thinking about what "Grade 'A'" blogging looks like.
Either just before or just after you get your thoughts on grades online, I'd liek it very much if you'd take a minute to think about this idea that Will has been writing about lately. It's gotten me thinking and I'd like your opinions on it.
Will writes:
And I know not every student was born to be a blogger. But, I would argue that every student, every person was born to be a contributor, whether that's via blog or wiki or podcast or whatever. We need to create a culture of contribution in our schools where our students' work is non only celebrated but put to use in meaningful ways. Don't just e-value-ate what they do but provide ways for what they do to have long lasting value.

He also says (in a different post):
Whether it's wikis or blogs or podcasts of whatever, I think my new clarion call is that educators must start creating content, good content, and that their students should share in that creation. Tom's also right to say that teachers and students need to learn collaboration with each other, and what better way than to share in the creation of and reflection about curriculum. But regardless the purpose, we need to get our teachers on this train...the sooner the better.

I like what he says about your job becoming that of content creator. I also like that he says that we need to learn how to learn together.
What do you think? Is that a way of learning that you like? Creating and contributing as opposed to being told what's important? Is that how it works in lots of schools?
Looking forward to your input.