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What Works?

Honestly, I haven’t really enjoyed reading What Works? A Practical Guide for Teacher Research. So far, it hasn’t felt very practical. Maybe because I’m not teaching? Maybe because some of the examples are made-up? Maybe because so much of it seems redundant or simple or… something. But! I did enjoy reading chapter 7-9 more than the […]

I’m Probably Just Lazy

It’s naptime at my house. I’m sitting outside on the porch with my laptop. One girl is asleep in her carseat in the car in the driveway; the other is asleep in my bed (hopefully not wetting the bed because I don’t want to change sheets again). I want to be napping too, since I […]

In My Mind Tonight

From tonight’s class, three big ideas for next week: 1. Define “correctional education.” What do I mean? Adult basic education, post-secondary, GED, juvenile high school diplomas? I honestly don’t know. Right now I’m following the research. I’ve had to sculpt my theme/thesis/idea/question/whatever many times. Sooner or later (maybe by December?), I’ll be in the right spot. […]

I’m not one of those people who has a beautifully formatted blog…

If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a ton of time to do your homework. Maybe you have 30 minutes to get a lot done. Maybe you multi-task too much. At any rate, if you have the time to quickly search for some articles, that’s great. Use that time. But make sure you bookmark […]

HSIRB Protocol

(AKA: Big Idea 5) Here’s my big idea: This is going to be a lot of work! I already knew that, but now that I’m sitting down in my basement, having been given 30 minutes of kid-free time by my husband, listening to my girls cry upstairs and come to the door and say, “Mama???”, I’ve […]

Learning the Right Lessons

(AKA: Big Ideas 2-4) I think Jim Fredricksen, author of “Are We Learning The Right Lessons From New Dorp High School?” is definitely on the right track. The lesson we should be learning from New Dorp High’s success is not that all schools can use formulaic writing to improve students’ abilities to think and write critically. […]

Tedx Kalamazoo

I was lucky enough to invite myself to last night’s Tedx Kalamazoo (#tedxkzoo) talks last night. My husband had been invited and was planning on going by himself and at the last minute we found a sitter and went together. I was SO excited by a couple of the talks, namely the first one (Paul […]