Metacognitechnician

Forgive my portmanteau: I am operating on little sleep right now. A parent on my district’s unofficial Facebook group posed an interesting question of how technology is used, (or used poorly) in the classroom as the case may be. All I can speak to is my own experience, motivation, gumption, grit, and determination to continue and share my own relationship with technology and how I help students use it to their full advantage. I am a digital pioneer, and still exploring the vast, unknown territories of technology. Pardon, though, I’m going to take a well-deserved shortcut and post links to past…

“The Authority of Inscrutable…”

One constant, unrelenting message we educators hear is data are life. All are data. Data are all.* And yet, I sense our fumblings and amateurish attempts to understand and analyze data fail us, and moreover, our students. We are often told to ignore qualitative factors that any scientist worth her salt would question, annotate, and contextualize. In school, those reasonable questions might include what students are in honors classes, or block schedules, or are they suffering from depression, trauma, or discomfort of food or housing insecurities? Does the staff work in congruent cross-content, grade level teams with a cohort of…

Saving Summer: Book money.

I buy books. I buy too many books — well, there are never enough books, but yes, I do wish my district would buy more. The tug-of-war between the decision makers and the stakeholders (teachers and students) never seems to end. And while I scour for on-line freebies, curate as many titles as I can, nothing beats a new book, and especially, the right book, in the hands of a student who says they don’t like to read. This thread on Twitter got my attention: This makes my heart break. Hope you have a full library now my friend. https://t.co/CY8CQhpiYc…

Update: Deeper holes

This story: http://www.wnyc.org/story/americas-student-debt-crisis-bubble-about-burst And what I said earlier: This is going to sting a little: I have no more answers or insight than when I began. It’s as complicated as I imagined. In other words: I don’t know.  But it’s worse than I thought, too. But there are plenty of people who will still tell me I’m wrong, or what to think, or mansplain it to me, or litigate it. I don’t know. The question: Why is college so expensive? I made a comment about privatization and Wall Street (that synecdoche of our times)* being part of the problem for high costs…