Saturday, March 31, 2007

Stop Cyberbullying

I'm thinking we should do more than just one day. I think we have had a fantastic turnout which speaks volumes. Now I think we need to move forward with this solidarity....maybe another day? maybe a week? maybe a quarterly day? Maybe I should just be quiet and go crawl under a rock. That actually sounds good, since I have been ill, so there is my suggestion and Guten Nacht! Oh, and look what my cherubs made (thank you Vickie Davis for pointing me to Bubbleshare!)
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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cyberbullying Protest

We all need to be emphasizing the issue of Cyberbullying.
Join The cyberbullying ning and ask everyone you to know to do so as well!
Blog tommorrow!

Monday, March 26, 2007

What am I doing here?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0fJKvdjQgs

Friday, March 23, 2007

The most important things to my students...

The most important thing to me right now at this point in life is nothing. I say this because life is @@@@ and nothing good ever becomes of it. I guess if I had to pick something I would say graduation just so that I can get out of school and be able to stop feeling like I;m letting everyone down. This doesn't look like it's going to happen though because I can't pass my English and Computer class because my teachers don't see that I'm doing my best.
I think if teachers would get over this going to college stuff they would see how hard I really am working in school due to the fact college isn't for me. When teachers hear that from me they give me this line about when I enter the full time work force I can't treat my job like I do my school as if I don't already know that, I'm not retarded. To those teachers, if you would over come to a job I've had you would see that I don't do that because work is something I have an interest in. At my jobs I've always gone above and beyond what the expect. Thats why when it comes to non-school related work I'm just about everybody that knows me go to guy, because I work hard and I always get it done.

Technology is evolving more and more everyday. In my opinion it will be the downfall of mankind. One day the world will be so safe that we will over populate the planet. Less than one percent of the population are farmers as it is. The truth is, even know it sounds bad is that humans have to die. If we didn't die then we would run out of room on the planet and probably all die out almost. Put it like this the world is so safe that it's not safe, could you imagine this whole world everyone on this planet being one big riot? I'm not saying we don't need to advance, but that we really need to take these faults into hand before making all cars drive themselves and have no highway injuries. I think we would go nuts. You couldn't just go out for a leisure ride you would hop in your car and say "to Hollywood" and it drives you there.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

It's about the literacy....

There was a sign posted in a recent political campaign. It said something like it's about the money (or whatever the issue was), stupid! Well I feel like I need those "duh!" reminders too! The literacy skills we teach are not about the pencil and paper. They are all about literacy, whether reading literacy, digital literacy, mathematical literacy...it's all about the process, not the product. It is difficult to realign our vision, as deeply entrenched as we have become.
But David (Warlick), expense IS the issue. We have no right, here in the First world to use up the world's precious supplies of paper and ink on teaching literacy the old fashioned way. Who do we think we are? We are not that good, afterall. We are passe, we are irrelevant, and we are being assimilated. We must change if we hope to stay. Just stay. Not even be with it. Just stay. Now if someone would show me how to do a search via RSS, I'm ready. I knew tonight that SSVC (where I used to teach) lost the PIAA game via RSS before my friend who was at that game in Harrisburg could call me. Now that is being informed. And depressed. I do wish they had won.

The point of school...

A student wrote:
The point of school is to learn and I think that it is often considered the only way to learn but I learn more outside of school because is real. school is like practice before the game but its not the same as a game. although practice is important its like staying in the locker room the whole time and never getting any game time. life is fun it is something that most people don't appreciate life but I will and I do think class is nessesary but its not the only thing to life.
My response:
How very true. I am ready to bring you into more authentic applications, however
I need to see that you will engage. I cannot sign this class up to work in collaboration
with another class if we, as a whole, do not even complete our homework in a timely
fashion.
Why must school take place in a specific place and at specific time? I think that is
the entire argument in a nutshell between industrial age schools and digital age
schools.
How do you all feel?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Open Book Mem (or get a life?)

This is Dembo’s fault, isn’t it? I have Meebo, which brings together AIM, MSN, & Yahoo so my students can always ask me stuff. Alice may want to get that.
I have a 7th grade blog & HS blog at Blogmeister. My professional, or unprofessional, blog is Durff’s Blog
I have several student wikis at PBwiki and wikispaces. My Skype is mrsdurff.
Fellow educators will understand why I cannot list my student spaces here, although they all do love comments. I always encourage parents to visit. At least one parent has his kid’s blog in his RSS aggregator.
And remember, this is all Dembo’s fault!
I don’t see anywhere that I have to tag anyone, so I will tag sendkathy and wesfryer!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Are you on fire?

Miguel said recently that when you set yourself on fire with enthusiasm, the rest of us catch on fire, too! Well, get a lake, a bucket is not just going to quench this fire! As we round the corner towards the end of the school year, I find myself revisiting the standards, the objectives. I hope that I have lead my students into places where they can achieve these objectives. I want them to be ready to excel in whatever the future holds for them.
I do not want to be a teacher that asks them to memorize, but a teacher who shows students how to find information, how to organize information and time, and how to create useful products.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Continuing the conversations...

That is what it is all about in the end. Did we extend ourselves, did we continue the conversation? Those students who have been commenting or contributing their thoughts or continuing the conversation in some way, have been earning extra credit this quarter.
Blogging is ultimately about the conversations we extend through the experience of blogging and about the relationships we develop with like-minded individuals. For example two of my students have a wonderful relationship because they are like-minded. I am finding an overwhelming majority of online teachers are Christian educators, and hence I find a commonality.
I'm starting to see a glimpse of the real thoughts of the upper-classmen. The middle-school students are gobbling this stuff up. But those more firmly entrenched in our traditional schools are having a more difficult time. I refuse to believe that these individuals are beyond grasp. After all, I wasn't, but that is another story. I recently have witnessed with pleasure one young lady awakening to homework. She is now surpassing many of her peers in that English class and I am overjoyed! But don't get me wrong, I don't think that she is awakening to any possibilities, I just think she wants a good grade.
Now if I could just get the technology right for podcasting....
Those first graders were awesome today. I will surely have my hands full when they get to high school!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Creative Consumers Orchestrating Conversations

Modeling collaborative creativity is important for me. I attempt to innovate my use of technology. I try to be a creative consumer. I have many questions with few answers...
Creativity is disruptive, and I know I am at least disruptive. One with a loud voice. I want to provide a voice to those students who have difficulty finding their voices and their identities.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

How do we define education?

After reading Will Richardson's blog, I find myself agreeing. I remember thinking how odd it was that conference attendees learn about web 2.0 tools in a sage on the stage format. There are timed workshops in familiar school-like spaces. These workshops paradoxically focus on the paradigm shift away from industrial age schools. But those digital-age schools are not modeled. Are we digital immigrants so inculcated in the traditional school that we cannot break out of it? If we cannot break free, how can we expect our children to do so? I don't know what a better format looks like.