the flurry of getting the ARP articulated and up I stalled out.
However, the experience of writing up the project and recalling
examples did help me think through how to quantify and give some
structure to this.
that I love my digital portfolio project. It is more concrete and
structured than this. I find myself getting pulled off to work on
that. I also find that I will do web pages rather than write or
do thinking and work on this project.
found a great resource this week: Kathy Beyer right here at Principia
College was part of a grant team that studied faculty training with
a cadre approach. She is willing and will be a great resource. Has
offered to get me access to their research findings which are not
published yet. Last year was the 3rd and final year of the project.
made a comment in a TI about how she trains: does a demo of the
whole process and then has the students do a project in the lab
on their own. No step by step now do this. This made me think about
how to train those that are quick learners. This has some merit.
However, when I work with quick learners as with our 4th Grade teacher
learning FrontPage, it is the one-on-one (1on1) that I did after
the training session where we did a lab that really has been the
learning point for her.
also a little burned out at this point. XCadre takes time - mostly
AIM and some emailing and calling. I like doing it alot, but it
does take time. I am giving myself permission to take this Friday
night, Saturday, and Sunday off! Am going to the Best of Missouri
Market at the Missouri Botanical Garden and then the Shaw Art Fair
on Saturday. Will play duplicate bridge on Sunday night with friends.
The only work will be some hardware repair for the Language Lab
- something I don't get to do very often anymore. NO PEPPERDINE!
routine looks like this (as well as reading & NGs daily):
and work on 633 projects
- 11 pm
court work at home in the morning, LangLab off and on all
evening, miscellaneous reading for Pepperdine
- 11 pm
TI and ARP
- 10 pm
TI and ARP
- 10 pm
catchup, small projects
- 10 pm
- 9 pm
- 7 pm
Monday getting back on track and organized so I wouldn't feel frantic
about being behind. This will help with getting a better focus on
this ARP since I can then put the other things on a mental shelf.
to reread everything I have saved from MM on what goes in this journal.
- big day! Ron Riedi drops from the program. What a sad loss. I
feel sort of responsible. He was in my LC, I had made contact with
him frequently at the end of August when his life was falling apart.
We seemed to make a connection. What did I miss? He was so active
in LC two weeks ago. He was not there last week. I did not follow
up with him. So far he has only been responsive when he had a need
of his own. I probably should have at least made an approach. Need
to be more alert to Nikki, who missed this week.
on Wednesday was terrific!
got real inspiration from Kathy's model with Matthew and how they
are working as a team - what synergy. Need to find a way to do
MM, Kathy, and Evelyn gave me the kick to get rolling on this
journal. Have abandoned Blog for this. It was boring and not fun.
It also added a level of complexity. I was feeling guilty that
I was not making better use of it. Love Kathy's comment that it
was for people that couldn't do web pages was just what I needed
MM pushed me to work harder on what's out there on this and suggested
mentoring groups. Interesting, as I am on a task force that is
working on that topic for Principia.
very late Wednesday night and started the design for this page.
Decided to learn frames. Got it to work. Couldn't adjust the left
(month) column. Help was worthless, and no manuals here in StL.
Asked a friend that does web dev. He wasn't sure how to do it in
DW - does HTML mostly, but he noted what page (the frameset page)
I needed to work with. You can't acually open that page, but if
you get into the code view, close all other pages, and double click
on the icon for the frameset (ARPLOGset.html) page, the code comes
up and I could set the column width wider. [Note: See Tuesday for
emailed us on Thursday. She is having serious challenges at work.
Title but ignored and disrespected is a hard place to be. Through
email and AIM today we agreed - at Kathy's suggestion, to communicate
daily in some form. Got on AIM with her a bit after TI and she is
so appreciative. We are the same generation and have lots we could
share. I need her to push me along and to bounce ideas off of.
for what I am trying to accomplish: When want to cook you don't
have to have a lesson for every recipe you want to make. Once you
learn what the tools are for and what basic ingredients do, you
can transfer that knowledge to other similar recipes and then venture
into Mexican from and then into Brazilian or even French recipes.
When you get even more confident you, your venture from the recipes
and create your own concoctions. Teachers and faculty should feel
the same way with technology...even if they don't cook!
looking for resources.
MMs journaling guidelines and include somewhere on this page.
defining and adding structure to the plan
materials from Kathy Beyer on UMSL training program.
suggestions from NG postings in log.
A revelation and a breakthrough.
~ the lack of structure I have provided
for this project is hampering how I move forward. I need to reread
MMs notes and finish the text books. However, even before I do
that I will create a home page and put in a structure similar
to the blue print for the digital portfolio.
~ spent about 3 hours working through online resources. The first
breakthrough was that I actually did this; the second was the
last article I found. I used both ERIC and Infotrac. The former
was good for older data and historical information. The latter
had more current information. I found a great article that really
hit home and gave me encouragement that I was headed in a viable
direction. He linked mentoring with WBT (Web Based
Training) to create WET (Web Enhanced Training) and is having
considerable success with the combination. Nice
idea, though I will have to think about the web part. I really
want to talk to this guy and wish I could visit. Distance may
preclude that.... (http://www.aace.org/dl/Search/view.cfm?id=9222)
do some web work tonight - my reward for all of the reading.
This was get organized night. I find that the
web creation helps me have a better view of this project.
Like writing, it tends to be a conversation with myself - only more
graphical. The more I learn the tools, the easier and more fun it
gets - and the more organized it gets. Nice to have the resources
page going - need to turn that into a frameset. That way I could
have buttons down the left for the categories of resources. I also
want to get my Actions frameset created next as some of what I have
in here should go in there. The web site is about accomplishing
the project and NOT the project.
reread all of the notes I could find from MM on AR and that was
big tech find tonight was how to turn on the frames in the View/Visual
Aids menu. Has been driving me nuts since I started frames. This
fall I would like to have a good handle on the core tools. So frames
and behaviors this week. Flash the last two weeks of October.
of the week - wrapup
Finishing the McNiff book has given me impetus (a nice
way of saying "kick in the pants") and I found I was making
lists as I read. For me, it was good to read it at this juncture
as I was able to apply what I was reading to something concrete.
I found that it organized the stew-pot of ideas that were floating
around. This made me think about the whole thrust of this ARP: you
have to have something that has meaning for you to apply what you
are learning effecitvely. I suspect that is why I detest tutorials
and why "learner" object to a throw-away project.
the freedom to write in my books. I had a hard time giving myself
persmssion to do that. But when I looked at the cost of the book
versus the cost of this program, I figured it was worth it if it
made what I was doing work better. Notetaking - cards or otherwise
- just takes too long.
that books that easily related to a project (ARP or DP), that is,
had a practical application, were easy to get into. I look back
on some of the books that I struggled with and note that they were
more theoretical and didn't directly apply. I suspect that all of
the reading could apply; I need to take even the more theoretical
readings and apply the ideas to a project to make those ideas come
alive for me.
I go over the notes in McNiff, I note that I have restated my plan
several times - each with a slight modification. Each time I do
this, I am honing and clarifying my focus. I liked the McNiff idea
of spontaneous thoughts need recording, so note pads or tape recorder
handy. I will pick up a small tape recorder Sunday.
Will be great for those moments when I am with someone and wish
I had record of a conversation. As I talk to people
in the role of teaching or integrating tech, I find that they also
have the challenge of carry-over from training to classroom. When
asked and I do share my concept, eyes light up and I often hear,
and I have been in AIM almost daily. It is a mutual "caring"
and it has been nice to share daily triumphs and challenges. Most
exchanges are brief - a sot fo "checking in."
also note that this project is becoming all-comsuming and I love
that! However, I am now going to have to work at keeping a sense
of balance in my life. I mean, here it is 10:05 pm in Fargo, ND,
and I have just spent a long two days at a language tech conference
(MWALL) - and here I am writing in this journal and scheming away!
Though engaged in the conference and the planning for upgrading
our HS 15-year-old equipment, I kept seeing crossovers and applications
for my ARP. In fact, one of our faculty noted that what she really
needed was a weekly appointment with me - she saw about three things
she would love to implement in her classes. This is exactly the
opening I have been looking for. She was turned on by the possibilities
for alternatives to the traditional language lab console system
on a road trip we did last spring to Oberlin
University and Western
Reserve Academy. She and I have tried a two ideas this fall,
but though good attempts, they didn't go very far. She has been
putting me off, primarliy because she was busy. She now sees the
significant pedagogical potential benefits and the effort it will
take on her part. She also saw what other language teachers have
done without the aid of a tech partner. Tomorrow on the flight home
we will work out our schedule...and I will ask her if
she will be a collaborator on my ARP. A good control
subject will be the second teacher that is with us - though excited
(conference euphoria), I doubt that she will implement anything.
I know I need to let her come along at her own pace. If I pushed
or prodded or encouraged, the impetus would not come from within
her - where she lives. Not sure what will make that happen for her.
how to do named anchors. Had messed around with this a bit before.
Used the online Help. Used it for the navigation tool for the weeks
as this month's journal got longer and longer. Love the Ctrl+A for
quick adjusting of a table once blank lines are removed. Also found
at the conference this weekend (see below) I was taking notes in
Dreamweaver (DW). Will post web pages when I get to my office on
the way home tomorrow. Will be easy way to share with those from
Principia that did not come.
at the end of week three in October, I feel that this project is
really launched and has a good possibility of success. Next tonight
I will work on the next version of my plan. I have had confirmation
from within Principia and another faculty member to work with. I
have had confirmation from outside Principia both at Millikin University
at the Associated Colleges of Illinois Teaching and Learning Mentor
on the 11th and here at Concordia University at the annual MidWest
Association of Language Lab Technology conference.
And very importantly, I have had confirmation from MM who suggested
that I begin thinking about publishing. Don't know if this is something
she says to everyone, but it did make me want to do this work with
rigor and care. On to the next revision of my plan.