Here are some things I’ve seen on the internet that I thought might pique others’ interests.
- This video on learning styles — and how we as teachers can ignore all that we’ve heard about them.
Both Casting Out Nines and Catching Sparrows have posted it too. Read the latter’s post for some solid analysis.
- A much needed middle finger directed towards Wong’s First Days of School book is on Stop Trying to Inspire Me.
- A must-read multi-page New York Times article on teacher David Campbell’s experiences teaching evolution in a classroom where a large proportion of the students are taught to question the teacher by their parents and churches.
- I Want To Teach Forever links to a edubabble random jargon creator. Some words I’ve created:
>revolutionize research-based relationships
>synergize metacognitive experiences
>synthesize developmentally appropriate alignment
> harness site-based goals
Pure delicious, vague cant, that’s all it is.
- A great science teacher blog — trust me on this. I found it through another blog, but I can’t remember which one to give it credit. By the way, I totally thought that the title of the latest post — “Terminal Velocity of Mussels” — was such a random idea that I was sure that only at most 10 sites on google would come up when searching for that. I was proved wrong. Searching [Terminal velocity of mussels] yielded 18,300 sites. Searching [“Terminal velocity” of mussels] yielded only 431. Not to be too meta, but with this post that number will increase to 432. Rock on.
- Catching Sparrows goes on a screed about the problem with group work. The only thing is, even though I call it a screed, I agree.
- Sustainably Digital analyzes a commercial which is a metaphor for our educational system. I’m not sure I buy the metaphor. Maybe I’m linking to this because I like the commercial a lot. Because I do.
- I Want To Teach Forever gives a really great list of “am I ready for school to start?” which I will be going through. Probably next Tuesday evening, as I lie in bed, eyes shut, mind whirring about all the things I still have to do. (I will not, however, re-read Wong, as instructed by this otherwise unblemished list.)
- dy/dan’s videos about teaching are great and two of them in particular need to be seen by you, now.
Hey, Wong is not that bad! I haven’t re-read it since I started, but if people are lost or just starting out, it can’t hurt. He has you ask yourself a lot of the same questions that I mentioned in the post you linked.
I think my problem from reading Wong wasn’t that there wasn’t a good list of things to think about. If I remember (and I could be remembering my objections wrongly), it was that it seemed incredibly prescriptive and never really accounted for the complexity of different school cultures.
I do remember, for example, being informed that as a male teacher, I should go to school in a suit everyday. Um… No.
It’s definitely an okay book to get you to think about things, sure, but why all the accolades? It just seemed way too overrated. Not useless, not terrible, not great.