I am a suburbanite teacher working at my old high school, exploring gifted learning with younger, smarter versions of my youthful self. I am a former middle-distance runner, current guitar enthusiast, sometime reader, sometime writer, radio head and graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (’04).
The first six months of exploring this blog saw it as a means of discussing primarily educational topics, but also personal endeavours and expeditions, as well as commentary and best-of-web related posts. Two years ago I began blogging with a class of Ministry-identified gifted grade nine and ten students across language arts and social studies, and have increasingly used this space to explore the possibility of social media to enable the formation and creation of rich communities and powerful statements of their lives and learning.
Some of the things I’ve written here are:
- Essay as Blogpost: Cellphones in the Classroom: A post that
holdsonce held the record for most comments on my blog, I make my case for a more progressive stance on today’s mobile devices.
- Why Learning Outside Matters: A continuation of the Unplug’d topic inspired by a September spent learning in the outdoors.
- Looking back on the Bears Thirty Person Rock Band Project: Reflections on a collaborative public learning project in the music classroom.
- Carrying Stones: Reflections on Canada, Unplug’d, and playing the Voyageur guitar. [Now the most commented post on this blog.]
- Sharing Classroom Practice: A visioning statement for a collaborative inquiry into ‘open’ behaviour at Gleneagle Secondary.
- Web Radio in the K12 Classroom: Archives of #RadioforLearning experiments in distributed web radio.
- Opening K12 Education: A collection of links and my rationale in pursuing learning in the open of the web.