Using a Central Blog

Have you ever left content on the board (white or chalk) to share with your next class? One of the things a central blog does is celebrate these moment. A central blog also creates an opportunity to continue the classroom discussion beyond the walls of the classroom.

Below are my slides from the Teachers Sharing with Teachers Conference on January 31, 2012.  One of my slides mentions an inspirational touchstone with Sir Ken Robinson’s video on creativity. I was at an AP National Forum conference in 2006, and one of the presenters was strongly urged by a panel member to play the video (his computer was hooked up to the project0r), and when several audience members vociferously (which is exactly how English teachers raise their voice) demanded viewing the video–and these were the early days of Youtube–the presenter was forced to abandon his script and click play.  The rest is Youtube history for teachers.

Robinson’s recent video on alternative education distills many points just as quickly. I would add that creating a central blog would enable most teachers to meet his goals of alternative education:

  • Creating personalized curriculum;
  • Developing an intensive relationship between teachers and students;
  • Involving students in meaningful group activities;
  • Identifying the talents and interests of each student and shaping the environment of each student to encourage that growth.

My slides from my presentation:

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About bsullivan35

I am an English teacher working with great students at an independent school in Ct.
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One Response to Using a Central Blog

  1. Great video. Thanks for sharing. I showed it to my entire faculty two years ago. I happen to work at The Oxford Academy which is a very unique school. We primarily utilize a one to one teaching approach in addition to collaborative learning for all of our students who get an individualized curriculum. I think we are one of the few schools that has a long history of utilizing what Sir Ken Robinson talks about.

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