on the action side:
- I have
been funded for the student-teacher mentor program.
- I have
begun working with the CoP that will implement this. Two students currently
working on projects with faculty in a loose relationship that needs
to be tightened and aligned with this project
- My environment
project (Stella with a HS bio teacher) will work nicely with my ARP;
one-on-one mentoring, online support materials; slight twist - no student
mentor and online support will be from the application. This teacher
is very tech savvy, just wants to learn this product and use the concepts.
- My curriculum
project (Blackboard with college music prof) will also work with my
ARP; this CoP will include a student. This prof is tech savvy in some
ways, adventurous in some ways, usually open to new approaches.
- My mentoring
project (Webquests with HS Spanish teacher) gets at the core of my ARP.
We are consciously using this webquests to raise her tech abilities
and awareness. This teacher is NOT tech savvy, but is very highly motivated
to move forward. She is signed up for the Middlebury summer session
on tech. While we are working on upgrading the language lab this summer,
she wants laptops in her classroom. This presents huge challenges (money
not being the least of them!), including her ability to use them. She
tends to be shoot-from-the-hip, wants quick fixes, is often unfocused
and busy. But she is an excellent teacher. Her flexibilty, energy, and
love for kids are unbounded! We have scaled down the webquest project
as well as slowed down the approach. I need to check out Jamie McKenzie's
website for the 40 minute thinkquests that he has (heard
him twice today at METC).
- The ISTE
JRTE is becoming a favorite to peruse. I see how what we are doing is
modelled in various ways.
- METC Conference
had a great presentation with
concrete ideas on training staff - a plan that actually is working.
on the Plan side:
- I keep
finding new ideas and more projects that need to be included in the
literature/practice review. They are often ideas that I want to consider
in my ARP. So the plan keeps changing.
- I keep
putting my ARP off to last - get everything else out of the way - leave
best to last, like dessert. Bad results are
don't spend enough time on this and it is what I care about the
am often tired when working on my ARP
feel I am letting MM down and that is sad cuz I respect her. I don't
'seek' her approval, but would like the project to reflect all the
good that I am gaining from that relationship and from this program.
- Too much
ng. I find I am getting better at skipping what seems trivial (good
ol' Ctrl+T), but am sure to read at least one thing from every cadre
member at least once a day.
- I am still
not happy with the website and the theme. I want it to be right as this
will go on past this program and be the homebase for the program.
I want to
start this section tonight and add tomorrow night. I find I am increasingly
dissatisfied with my approach to people. That must be good! But it sure
is painful. I don't listen well enough; I interrupt too often; I am impatient.
My mentoring with the Spanish teacher, Diana, will be wonderful. We are
long-time friends and she will help me be a better me. I still want to
keep my qualities of energy and enthusiasm, devotion to Principia, and
genuine love for those committing their lives to supporting this adventure.
More tomorrow night.
of Dale's Bongo revolt was masterful. Several of us had commiserated with
him, but gently offered another way of looking at it. MM's laid it on
the line, but with grace and care.