Welcome to my blog; used to post all alleged professional developments as a reflective tool and potential resource ... really, just another snake at the bottom of the MossPITT.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blogging 101

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Contact: Daniel J. Doyle
Moss Point High School (Moss Point, MS)

Blog Example Links

These are great resources for general blogging ideas!
- TeachersFirst.Com
- Scholastic's Teacher Blogs
- TipsForNewBloggers Blog
- Blogological Construction
- EduBlog Insights
- SupportBlogging.Org: Blogs on Educational Blogging List
- BlogHerald.Com
- Center for Learning & Performance Technologies (Blogging Tools)

K-5 Blog Examples:
1. Mrs. Mallon's Marvelous Messages Kindergarten Blog
2. Ms. Cassidy's Kindergarten and First Grade Classroom Blog
3. Ms. Gaudy's Second Grade Classroom Blog
4. Mrs. Myrmel's Third Grade Classroom Blog
5. Mr. Wright's (Student Authored) Fourth Grade Classroom Blog
6. MiniLegends (Al Upton's 8-9 year olds in Australia)

Middle School Blog Examples:
1. Mr. Mayo's Student e-Portfoios #1
2. Mr. Mayo's Student e-Portfolios #2
3. Barber Middle School's Faculty Blogs
4. Principal's Blog
5. 8th Graders Using EduBlogs

High School
1. Albany High School Blog
2. Game Time Blog
3. The Movie Worms Blog
4. NoMoGUm: Mr. Doyle's English Classroom Blog

Professional Development
1. WeAreTeachers.Com Blog
2. MossPitt: Moss Point Teacher's In Technology Training
3. Classroom 2.0: Blogging Tags
4. Around The Corner
5. Ewan McIntosh's Edu.Blogs.Com
6. The Fischbowl
7. weblogg-ed
8. Wesley Fryer's Speed of Creativity
9. ClioTech
10. November Learning
11. David Warlick's Blog

Other Blogs of Note
1. EphBlog (Williams College Alumni News)
2. Paulo Coehlo's Blog
3. Sleeping In The Mountains (Tim Patterson's Travel Writing Blog)
4. LitBlog

Blogging Lesson Plan Links
Read Write Think - Blogging About Your Own Utopia
Outside the Cave: Responsible Blogging
Format for Blog Projects

Online Etiquette Links
- Microsoft Online Etiquette
- Hope CE Primary Blog Rules

Blogging Videos, et al.
- Blogging and Google AdSense
- WordPress Tutorial
- Blogs in Plain English
- How to Create a Blog with Blogger
- Why Let Our Student's Blog Vox Tutorial
- Information R-evolution
- A Vision of K12 Student's Today
- Three Steps for 21st Century Learning
- Did You Know 2.0
- A Vision of Student's Today

Monday, July 7, 2008

MPHS Millennium Classroom

Inspire - Inform - Involve

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Daniel J. Doyle


In student centered teaching, we center our planning, our teaching, and our assessment around the needs and abilities of our students. The main idea behind the practice is that learning is most meaningful when topics are relevant to the students’ lives, needs, and interests and when the students themselves are actively engaged in creating, understanding, and connecting to knowledge (McCombs and Whistler, 1997).

- Students will have a higher motivation to learn when they feel they have a real stake in their own learning.

- Instead of the teacher being the sole, infallible source of information, then, the teacher shares control of the classroom and students are allowed to explore, experiment, and discover on their own.

- The students are not just memorizing information, but they are allowed to work with and use the information alone or with peers. Their diverse thoughts and perspectives are a necessary input to every class.

- The students are given choices and are included in the decision-making processes of the classroom. The focus in these classrooms is on options, rather than uniformity (Papalia, 1996).

- Essentially, "learners are treated as co-creators in the learning process, as individuals with ideas and issues that deserve attention and consideration" (McCombs and Whistler, 1997).

The Ten Commandments (+ one)

1. The following should be posted daily on board: Objectives & Competencies, Daily Procedures/Agenda, Bell-Ringer, Date, Assignments/Homework, Purpose.

2. Lessons should be “project-based”, involving progressive/cumulative units (less or shorter lectures).

3. Lessons should be “student-centered” (~75% student and 25% instructor) with the teacher working more as a guide or facilitator in the classroom.

4. Lessons should connect objectives to real-life material/situations.

5. Lessons should engage students on a higher order of thinking (problem solving, discovery, challenging)

6. Create a “kinetic-classroom” (active not passive) with lots of cooperative hands-on and out-of-seat student engagement (group work, discussions, presentations, labs, etc). This fosters leadership skills, cooperation and professionalism. Cooperative Learning = Collective Understanding.

7. Emphasis on technology (Activboard, flipcharts, Moodle, etc)

8. Instructors should regularly seek student feedback on material covered, lessons and/or vibrant issues (evaluations, forums, suggestion-box, etc)

9. Classrooms should be clean and organized to promote a structured and welcoming learning environment.

10. Walls should be decorated with aesthetically and intellectually stimulating visuals directed toward student learning and motivating.

11. Walls should display student work (refreshed on a regular basis). The following should be posted daily on board: Objectives & Competencies, Daily Procedures/Agenda, Bell-Ringer, Date, Assignments/Homework, Purpose.