Monthly Archives: November 2010
This week I found a humorous Far Side comic on Google and posted it on Twitter. Today, I was reading a pamphlet by Diane Gossen called 5 Positions of Control and thought of how the comic could be linked to education. Let me explain.
Gossen notes that if we do not work with students so that they are able to fix their own problems, “when they leave school they may not be capable of making decisions when no one is telling them what to do.” Indeed, asking them to conform without thinking for themselves will affect the rest of their lives and not in a good way.
Here is the comic. Enjoy.
I just made a Prezi to keep some of my “Inspiring Ideas” videos in one place. People featured are Daniel Pink, Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson and Yong Zhao. No doubt I will be adding to the list. I just wanted to share this list with those that might be interested. I hope you find it useful.
As some of you may know, I live in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. If you do not know where that is, you can get a geographic idea here. As you can see, I am geographically isolated. I live in a fly in community and have lived in Nunavut for the past 12 years. However, despite my isolation, I was able to connect with great educators when I discovered Twitter.
I have used Twitter since the fall of 2008. Actually I joined in the fall of ’08 but did not really start tweeting until early in 2009. That is a common experience with Twitter users. People join and then go away for a few months, try it again and then, Bam!, a light goes on in their heads and they “get it.” They say, “Ahh, this is how I can use this.”
I had my “get it” moment around February of ’09. I discovered that despite the fact that I live in Northern Canada, I could connect with educators all over the world. Indeed, no matter where you live Twitter gives you the opportunity to connect with people that you never would have met otherwise.
Through the power of Twitter I have been able to meet some intelligent, kind, and caring educators. I would like to introduce you to a few people that I met over the past 2 years on Twitter that are definitely worth the follow.
In no particular order:
Tom Whitby: @tomwhitby Tom is an Adjunct Professor of Education at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is also the creator of the Educator’s PLN site. http://edupln.ning.com/ Tom’s tweets are thought provoking and he taught me that it is not how much you tweet, but the value of your tweet.
Shelly S.Terrell @ShellTerrell Currently, Shelly is teaching English to children, teens, and adult students in Germany and works as an online technology and English instructor. She also writes the influential blog Teacher Reboot Camp. Shelly’s tweets are always informative and she is generous with her response to you even though she has 9,300 followers. Moreover, she is a very positive person.
Larry Ferlazzo @Larryferlazzo Larry teaches Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English Language Learners (as well as native English speakers) at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. Larry is the most prolific tweeter in my PLN. His tweets are loaded with resources. I retweet Larry often and have learned a lot from him.
Joe Bower @joe_bower Joe is a
George is a K-12 Principal in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, who wants to help and inspire others to find their passion.
don’t let your geographic location limit your connections.
I really enjoy watching inspirational and motivational sports videos and commercials. I have compiled a few of my favorites here in this Prezi. I hope you enjoy!
A little humor in class can go a long way with students. Sometimes I like to take the last 5 minutes of class and do something unrelated to the day’s topic. Why? Just to change it up a little and have a little more fun.
Here are a few funny signs that I downloaded from Google and shared with my class. Sometimes you can have some very funny discussions. These discussions are also good for second language learners.