Have An Informed Opinion: Volunteer at Your Local School

So this showed up in my feed…. maybe these people should actually spend time visiting or volunteering at their local schools instead of watching right wing propaganda on their TVs and then throwing virtual rocks from their computers…. here was … Continue reading Have An Informed Opinion: Volunteer at Your Local School

Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Nothing will shake out the bugs and defects in anything quite like exposure to the energy and intensity of elementary students. I’ve seen nicely manufactured kid-friendly robots happily fail to drive forward after only two-weeks of exposure to elementary students. And we’re not talking about driving them off tables or running them into walls or any other forms of robot/technology abuse. Just the normal-but-intense usage by seven- to 12-year-olds during 40-hour a week summer camp sessions will show the weakness or flaws of any technology (or plan). Currently my latest frustration is realizing that computer/technology equipment that was designed to … Continue reading Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits This week we finished creating self-portraits using a simplified facial drawing techniques that I found on YouTube. This is the video that I shared with students last week, going through the video step by step as students attempted to draw their version of what I later called “generic white guy.” Turned out that the activity last week was a huge challenge and most students were busy drawing right up the end of class and some classes did not finish the assignment. Many complained that they didn’t know how to draw noses (that seemed … Continue reading 2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits

Can’t Organize Myself Out of a Paper Bag and Mourning the Loss of Circus Ponies Notebook

Old school mind mapping I’m in the process of planning next year’s STEAM Lab curriculum and I’m having a hell of a time organizing my thoughts and resources. Going back to organizing my Magnet school resources in the mid-1990s I … Continue reading Can’t Organize Myself Out of a Paper Bag and Mourning the Loss of Circus Ponies Notebook

JBB’s Final Thoughts 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “We Believe that Children Are Our Future?”

Who, in their right mind, is going to say, “To hell with the kids, let them fend for themselves, who need ’em.” Even those who aren’t comfortable around little ones or who have no desire to have any children of … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “We Believe that Children Are Our Future?”

The Unfortunate Consequence of Ignoring Small Group & Classroom Dynamics

My girlfriend, Maggie, and I were talking about optimal class sizes, me from my 19-years as an educator and she from her experiences as a lifelong student and being around her kids’ schools. When I taught in face-to-face environments with … Continue reading The Unfortunate Consequence of Ignoring Small Group & Classroom Dynamics

Teaching Using Tech: Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 2

I’ve been filling out teaching/education-related job application and I was met with this little gem: Please describe your knowledge of pedagogy associated with various instructional modalities, i.e. face-­to-­face, hybrid, and online Having taught students from Kindergarten to eighth grade, freshmen … Continue reading Teaching Using Tech: Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 2