Seen elsewhere

Just a quick update to let my readers know that I have been busy writing...just not here. Here are some bits and pieces that appeared elsewhere on the web and that I thought some of you may find interesting. NEW! Flipgrid: The Global Classroom Connections Maker, a guest post for KQED Education. Kleenex is not … Continue reading Seen elsewhere

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Cultivating Learners

Is your class roster full of students or learners? Is there a difference? Yes, and a critical one. For me, “student” is mostly a title, often associated with a young person, most frequently in a classroom setting. It designates the individual as an attendee of a school rather than an employee. One doesn’t have to do anything … Continue reading Cultivating Learners

Impacted: What I learned at ACTFL 2016…and what I am questioning.

I spent the last four days with 8,500 of my closest friends: language educators attending the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. With so many sessions to choose from, I found myself having to choose between several promising descriptions that were scheduled in the same time slot. It turned … Continue reading Impacted: What I learned at ACTFL 2016…and what I am questioning.

Putting the world in world-class education

Connecting our content to meaningful experiences outside of the classroom seems hard. Connecting our students to peers and content experts around the world seems even harder. But if we are serious about providing every student with a "world-class education," then we will have to come to terms with the fact that one of the critical … Continue reading Putting the world in world-class education

It’s time to burst the grading bubble

At the most recent ACTFL convention in San Diego, I had the opportunity to give a small talk. Actually six of us each gave a talk in the style of a TED Talk. They were called "TOY Talks," with TOY standing for Teacher of the Year. I was joined by five other former ACTFL National … Continue reading It’s time to burst the grading bubble

UPDATED: Speaking of….speaking (Post 1 in the “Readers Request” Series)

Recently, I decided to ask my readers what they would like me to examine, explore and/or share in my blog. I’m so glad I did. Their ideas have shaped not only the series of posts that I’m launching with this piece, but also allowed me to reflect on aspects of my own practice that could … Continue reading UPDATED: Speaking of….speaking (Post 1 in the “Readers Request” Series)

What I learned in three weeks of regional conference attendance, according to Twitter

When I'm at conferences, I like to tweet when I hear something that I feel is important or helpful. I do this to share the learning with others who were not in the same sessions as I was, but I also do this for myself. Typing helps me remember what I learned. Synthesizing to 140 … Continue reading What I learned in three weeks of regional conference attendance, according to Twitter

Am I Charlie?

The recent events that have unfolded in France have shown the best and worst of humanity. Once again, a series of cowardly acts of violence have caused numerous senseless deaths. Once again, families, friends, colleagues, countrymen and the world are mourning. And yet today, millions have stood up and marched around the world in a … Continue reading Am I Charlie?

UPDATED: 2 tools are better than one: comparing Socrative and Kahoot

(Updated September 7, 2015 to reflect new features in Socrative 2.0).Sometimes we want a quick check to see how our students are doing with a topic. We want to ask a few questions and know right away if the students were right or wrong. We want to be able to discuss questions students got wrong … Continue reading UPDATED: 2 tools are better than one: comparing Socrative and Kahoot

3Rs…low tech

I found myself thinking about the fact that when I prepared the video on the theme of "classroom innovation" for my application for the Google Teacher Academy (as of this writing, Google has not yet notified applicants as to whether or not they have been selected), I spent almost my entire 60 seconds talking about Web 2.0 tools I … Continue reading 3Rs…low tech