Educational Origami

A bunch of info here:

Educational Origami is a blog, and a wiki, about the integration of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) into the classroom, this is one of the largest challenges that [Andrew Churches] feel[s] we as teachers face. It’s about 21st Century Learning and 21st Century Teaching.”

I’ll be wading throug it this summer. On the surface it looks like it may be too much at once for most classroom teachers.

New Standards (TEKS) in Texas

There was a whirlwind of emails earlier in the year, when us teachers were at our busiest, about the possibility of new TEKS in Texas. I was concerned because the TEKS I teach are very close to those that teachers from across the country have published with NCTE. The TEKS that we will be required to teach starting in the 2009-2010 school year were implemented despite concerns that other educators had voiced.

This year, I’ve been teaching these TEKS for 8th Grade:
Next year, I’ll be teaching these:
I’ll be spending time trying to compare and contrast them to see what I taught this year that I can salvage.

There is an NCTE article in the March 2009 Council Chronicle titled, “Teacher Advocacy: What Happened in Texas.” I haven’t yet formed a response.

Hello world!

Here’s what I used to have on — not much, but it’s a start.

Tips for Teachers

From time to time I will publish my observations about teaching. I expect much of it to be technology-related since that was my previous area of work. One of the first things I plan to write about is how to create a website as a teacher. There are many, many ways to do this, but lately a handful of them have become only as difficult as learning to use webmail or a word processor.