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Wed 7/6: Rise…

July 6, 2016 Leave a comment

I know this post will bear an eerie similarity to the last one, but once again I am going to take a stab at writing a useful blog. Not sure if it will be useful to anyone else, but at least I will try to make it useful for me. My school and I have reached a tentative understanding that I will be returning to a full-time teaching load, including math, and so it seems an appropriate time to begin a more reflective chapter of my career.

So that I might be more inclined to post, this blog will start with one post per week on Fridays. As those of you who know me can attest, I tend to be a fairly rules-based guy, so I am going to try to set up a template for my blog posts, with a few key sections:

  • This Week Today — with apologies to John Oliver, this will be a retrospective of the week, with my key observations on what I did in my classes.
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly — a section outlining one thing that worked really well, one thing that didn’t work so well, and one thing that was truly awful.
  • Thoughts on Teaching — a short piece attempting to extract from my brain any useful nuggets concerning computer science, math, and/or teaching.
  • What I’ve Been Reading — links to the blog posts and articles that I have read in the past week that seemed to strike a chord in my teaching practice.
  • Whimsy with Wistar — something off-topic that amuses me and hopefully amuses you as well. If you don’t like it, well de gustibus non est disputandum.

That’s probably too ambitious and may prove a barrier to entry, but here goes nothing.

Categories: blog, blogging, compsci, math

Tue 10/30: Ping ping ping…

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

For some reason, keeping my teaching blog going has been something that I have not been able to generate consistent momentum on. It’s a great metaphor for my workload that I don’t feel like I have time after completing the tasks of the day to spend more time on a reflective exercise like this.

Nevertheless, I’ll try again. My aim this time will be to write two posts a week: one post on Tuesday about what is going on in my Java programming class, and one post on Friday about what is going on in my role as our educational technology facilitator. If you like teaching, read the Tuesday posts; if you like educational technology, read the Friday posts. If you just want to take pity on me, read both posts (or maybe neither — caveat emptor).

Categories: blog, blogging, worklife

Wed Jan 1/4: Rebooting the blog

January 5, 2012 1 comment

Faithful readers of this blog — OK, who are we kidding? The blog went into hibernation almost immediately after it was launched. I’m not quite sure why that happened. The simple explanation might be that the course on Web 2.0 technologies that I planned to teach last fall got cancelled, and so the main reason for my starting the blog went away. But that’s a cop-out. I guess I just got too distracted by the urgency of everyday work to invest the time I needed into this kind of professional development.

So, let’s try again. I will try to post to this blog at least a few times a week with my thoughts on teaching. Sometimes it will be personal reflections about the two courses I am teaching this semester (AP Computer Science and Introduction to Programming). Sometimes it will be reactions to posts I read in other teaching blogs — which, sadly, I also got away from reading at about the same time this blog went on hiatus. And it might also start containing posts on technology integration if the job I have applied for here at Hotchkiss comes through. More on that soon, I hope.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it!

Categories: blogging

Mon 8/8: Blogging unit expanded

August 9, 2011 2 comments

I read somewhere that the only way to become a good writer is to write, and the only way to cure writer’s block is to write, so I think I just need to screw my courage to the sticking point and start churning out posts. Part of the problem, I think, is that I look out there at all the other well-established teaching blogs and it seems as if each one of their posts has something profound to say about education. That’s an illusion, I’m sure, but an intimidating one. In any case, the main purpose of this blog was to let me think out loud about my teaching, not to impress people, so it doesn’t matter if things are a little rough around the edges for now.

I’ve started to outline a rough schedule for my CO335 unit on blogging. Here it is:

Class

Date

Unit 1: Blogging

1         

09/09

Creating blogs and posts

Homework: Complete intro survey; write blog post #1

2         

09/12

Intro to CO335; Setting up a blog site

Homework: Lay out blog page; write blog post #2

3         

09/14

Blog do’s & don’ts

Homework: Write blog critique #1 (blog post #3)

4         

09/15

Extra blog features

Homework: Write blog critique #2 (blog post #4)

5         

09/16*

Social survey: blogging
Homework: Write RP #1 (blog post #5)