• mobrien commented on the blog post A Good-bye Present 9 years, 4 months ago

    Glad I could make you all smile ;o)

  • mobrien commented on the blog post A Good-bye Present 9 years, 4 months ago

    Goodness, what nerds we are…still engaging in this blog after the course is over and done with! Can you tell I have a hard time with change? LOL

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    In honor of our final discussions about our love for the “old- fashioned” ways.  Thanks for a great semester, everyone!

    -Meg O’B

  • I would like to believe that “book culture will no go extinct,” but I think that is only true as long as there are people alive who still aprreciate the print. Just as we all might be “more in tune” with print texts as Travis states, the younger generations of students are more in tune […]

  • Higher education is a critical component of ecomoic hardship. My undergraduate degree put me in a ton of debt. Granted, it was my choice to go to a private institution with a reputable teaching program, but I had relied on student loans to get me there. Now, I work in a state that requires me […]

  • mobrien commented on the blog post Technology 9 years, 4 months ago

    NOTE: Before all the video-game advocates come down on me, I will openly admit that I knw very little about the gaming world. The last video game I played was Duck Hunt, and I know we have come a long way since then, I just have not maintained my connection to that world. So, while […]

  • Hi All, My sincere apologies to whomever is presenting this week!  I signed on this morning to start engaging in the conversation, and when I looked at the syllabus I realized I was supposed to post on this week’s readings, too!  So sorry I am late with this, but here are my thoughts on Purdy’s Wikipedia […]

  • Are we failing multilingural students by isolating their lengua madre in their quest to learn the English language? I think that maybe we are. I am a student that responds very well to comparisons, anologies, and other strategies that help me find a parallel to the knowledge I am acquiring so that I can retain […]

  • The bilinugual student is one of the most challenging that I have faced in my few years as a teacher. My school has a large population of students who are learning English as a second language, and this presents some difficulties in the classroom. I can understand the frustration of professors who are teaching classes […]

  • Hi All, My principal shared this NY Times article with us this week.  It’s a response to the “Talking Pineapple” question on the recent NYS standardized exam in which the author speaks to a lot of the topics and concerns we were chatting about last week.  Just thought I’d share.  See you all on Monday!   […]

  • Hello all…I wrote a proposal and now I’m in a panic thinking I did it wrong. We recieved the CFP prompt AND a small slip of paper with the guidelines for our proposal. I wrote mine as a proposal for this Las Vegas conference. In other words, my proposal reads as though I want to […]

  • John, the answer to your question is not as simple as one may think. In the case of NYS, with the new teacher evaluations in place, the choice of standardized tests puts administrators between a rock and a hard place. We have been told that 60% of our effectiveness rating will be based on standardized […]

  • mobrien commented on the blog post Standards in Place 9 years, 5 months ago

    John writes: It is evident when a State Exam asks students to respond to meaningless allegory about talking pineapples racing hares that not everybody is on the same page” This is what I’m talking about when I say that there is a disconnect between the standards for our classroom practices and the tasks on our […]

  • I am actually in the thick of the Common Core Standards in my district. Due to the new evaluation of teachers that the NYS legislature has put into place, these standards are a vital component of how “effective” my rating will be at the end of each school year. To be honest, the standards make […]

  • During our last class, we discussed grading methods and debated on whether or not it was useful to mark up student papers with red ink. As teachers, we hope this will draw attention to areas of weakness and inspire students to make improvements so that those red marks go away. The down-side to this is […]

  • I think this comes back to the conversation we had at the very beginning of the semester when we were debating on whether or not grammar is important. This week, I found myself frustrated with how deficient students seem to be in grammar practices. Both Travis and I suggested that the solution might very well […]

  • The grammar discussion is one that I am always scared of.  As an English teacher, I sometimes feel like I am in a relationship with grammar.  I know grammar.  I have grown to love and respect grammar.  I am committed to teaching my students about proper grammar usage.  But sometimes, after grammar and I are […]

  • I think I agree most with the theories that advocate for a grading system that asks questions of the writer. I’ve always been a decent writer, and I’ve always enjoyed writing. For me, the best way a teacher could have motivated me to revise my work was to ask questions in their feedback. If there […]

  • This “check theory” would ideally be the one thing we need to use when grading our students to help motivate them to do the work themselves. But, the truth is that some of our students need more guidance than others. While I understand the authors’ points and the consensus across the board that it is […]

  • Dana, you write “He describes the writing process to be divided as “prewriting”, “writing” and “rewriting”. Is this really that much different from commonly heard terms of the writing process like brainstorming, drafting, edit/proofread, finalize?” This is the exact thought I had and wrote about in my post. Are we really changing the writing process […]

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