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Archive for July, 2005

Carnival of Education

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

The twenty-third edition of the Carnival of Education is up and running. Lots of good stuff.

Talk about your well-meaning amateurs

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Must be the week for the clueless to write about homeschooling. On top of the NEA column I wrote about yesterday, I just found this gem (thanks to O’DonnellWeb).
The title of the article is “How To Homeschool Without Making Your Child An Outcast.” At least this author doesn’t seem to be […]

The Academic Version of “A Rock and A Hard Place”

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Mike Adams, a colleague in the UNC system (he’s at UNC-Wilmington), shares with us a letter he has written to the UNC system president. In it he describes how in 2001, he was told by campus police that he should “avoid all contact with another professor in my department.” According to Dr. […]

Like Shooting Ducks in a Barrel

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Apparently, I’m an amateur. And gullible. This is what I learned when I visited Natalie’s Ramblings, Rants & Remedies. She links to this NEA column by a Mr. Dave Arnold, perhaps one of the most inept attacks on homeschooling I’ve ever come across. I really should leave him alone, he’s so […]

More FallsBlogging: Whitewater Falls

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Another out-of-town guest, another trip to the falls. This time, we visited one we’d never been to before, Whitewater Falls, which is about 30 to 40 miles south of us, on the NC-SC border.
Two things about Whitewater Falls form somewhat of a paradox.
1) It appears that you can’t take a bad picture of […]

More on Learner-Centered Teaching

Sunday, July 10th, 2005

I have now completed Part One of Weimer’s Learner-Centered Teaching, in which she examines the five general areas where change must occur in order to facilitate learner-centered teaching. The last two areas have to do with student responsibility for learning and how evaluation fits into the learning process.
Weimer emphasizes the idea of giving students […]

IEEE Virtual Museum

Friday, July 8th, 2005

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, is one of two professional organizations I belong to. They have a Virtual Museum that I checked out for the first time today I wanted to see their new exhibit: Electronic Music: From Singing Arcs to the Theremin. It is quite interesting. Be […]

Sweet iced tea

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Our local paper had an article today entitled “Sweet iced tea: A Southern summertime tradition”. Now I may take exception to the “summertime” part (I am happy to drink sweet tea all year round), but otherwise, I think sweet tea is a wonderful topic to write about.
Why Yankees have never mastered the proper order […]

Stepping Aside, part II

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

As I was writing the immediately preceding post (and especially the stuff about moving away from lecture) my thoughts turned to a conversation that took place last week between Robert at brightMystery and the folks at KitchenTableMath. The discussion took a number of interesting twists and turns, but some of it addressed Robert’s […]

Stepping Aside

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

I continue to make my way through Weimer’s Learner-Centered Teaching. Recall that Weimer covers five areas where change needs to occur for effective learner-centered teaching. The first two had to do with power in the classroom (i.e., how much do you let the students “take charge”) and content. The third area is […]

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