Friday, May 16, 2014

Random Thoughts

When a kid misses class and they come back in after several days of being gone, they many times get their makeup work very quickly, in half or a quarter of the time we worked on something in class.  Why is this?  I think it is because it isn’t about the assignments.  It is about being present.  Not just being in the room, but being present mentally also.  There is something magical about being in a classroom, something that can not be replicated with makeup work.  

Can technology make content students miss more engaging and meaningful when they come back?

The discussion at lunch today was that next year when we have one to one we need to assume that there is ALWAYS an immediate line of communication between students and parents.  Kids won’t have to hide cell phones anymore to text mom or dad.  They will now be able to email, chat, or even text.  

All of the laptops will also have cameras.  As teachers we need to be under the assumption that anything and everything we do can and probably will be recorded.  

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