Welcome to the new-and-improved blog (previously Mastering Chemistry). As I've gotten more and more involved with the technology, almost by default, I became more and more spread out across the internet on different servers and host sites. After talking with Jeff Utecht at the EARCOS Teacher's Conference, he strongly encouraged me to set up myRead More
As a teacher, students constantly want the easy answer...we've all experienced this. It is difficult to go day after day and hear complaints and whining about class being hard. But, I find it encouraging (and actually a point of pride) that my class is hard.
I came across a very interesting post this morning from Dr. Lee Skallerup Bessette at College Ready Writing entitled "What Ed Tech Can't Do." She compared Fahrenheit 451 to the influence technology is having in the classroom and in education in general. The part that struck me was about how "the [technology] movement in education asRead More
After having most of this afternoon to mentally decompress from everything that happened this weekend at ETC11 and after a 2-hour advice session from Jeff Utecht, I'm going to begin moving my materials from my website to a new website (to be announced) over the coming days and weeks. This has been such an encouragingRead More
I recently read a blog post that talked about "Web 3.0" and how it has already begun to move in. (I can't find the link, but I'll update when I track it down again.) If you're scratching your head, wondering what Web 2.0 and what Web 3.0 are, you're not alone. I had only heardRead More
Some additions since my last post: I have fallen into the trap of Twitter, and I must admit, I love it. You can follow me @bennettscience. I'm at the EARCOS Teacher's conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia this week and I just finished a Mastery Learningpresentation for the first time outside of YISS...great response. New ideasRead More
As we head into spring break next week, I've been contemplating the changes that I've made this year in chemistry. I started with assignment-based grading (never again) and then moved to purely objectives. After objectives, I went to objectives with graded homework, and now I'm doing objectives with graded quizzes. There has been a lotRead More