I've been struggling to find time to write recently. This has been a good and a bad thing. For one, I'm busy with learners during the day and I'm spending more time planning new activities and recording new and updated podcasts. I'm also doing multiple presentations this month and next, so I've been working on planning for those as well.
But, on the other hand, my head is about as full as it can get. I haven't had much time to process any one thought from the past week, so I figured I would do a "systems purge" or sorts to start some thoughts and see where they go this week.
I've felt convicted about grading lately, and it usually comes around when I open my grade book to put more marks in. I really need to take some time to sit down and think through my philosophy of grading, because I think I am most unhappy about that right now. I don't think the grades are representative of learner progress, and that is a major problem. I'm reading a lot of Frank Noschese's writing on standards based grading as well as Audrey McLaren's writing on using Google Docs as checklists and tracking of learner progress. I want to use both bad, but I can't find the time to do my own learning.
The fall conference season is upon us and I have one of the busiest schedules I've ever had. I'm travelling to the Indiana Computer Educators Conference in Indianapolis next week to do a Flipped Classroom workshop with Troy Cockrum and Brett Clark. This will be my first "panel" presentation and I'm looking forward to the new dynamic. Then, on October 26th, I'm doing an in-service session for new teachers in the district on some of the Flipped Classroom basics each of us can use to move toward a more engaging class. Thirdly, I'm going to EdCamp: Grand Rapids, and to be totally honest, I'm more excited about that one than any of the other. I'll get to work with Dan Spencer again and I'm excited because he's always got good things to share. Oh, then there's the ISTE proposal I'm still mulling over. Can't forget about that.
I wish I had more handheld devices in my room. Learners interact better with touch-interface now rather than computer interfaces. Still trying to figure out how to solve that problem.
I've started using Andy Schwen's Google Documents assessment templates to collect data and I'm amazed at some of the numbers coming through. If you don't click on any other links today, click this one...it will blow your mind.
I think that's it. I have another post
fermenting ripening in my notebook and hopefully, I'll be able to put that up this week as well.
Thanks for mishmashing with me today.