Emphasizing the Gift of Attention

Like most teachers, I’m a few weeks into the school year.   I’ve dealt with shifting rosters, a classroom change, opening-school paperwork, and trying to establish a positive, productive classroom culture. Though my classroom actions and procedures, I’ve implicitly and explicitly emphasized certain behaviors and values, like collaboration, being on time, and organization. What’s new…

Don’t Overuse ‘Good Job!”

If you finish your homework, I’ll give you a candy bar.  But if you don’t finish your homework, you’ll get timeout. If you be quiet, you’ll get five extra minutes of kickball.  But if you don’t zip it, you’ll lose those five minutes of recess.   Last post, I wrote about the ineffectiveness of traditional…

The Power of Student Voice

One of my goals in our Unleashing Digital Storytelling elective course is to help elevate student voice through authentic media creation.  Taking matters into her own hands, Kaylie created this video, highlighting a journaling/discussion activity we do in class and the poignant voices of some of her classmates.  Sadly, what teenagers and other students have…

The Challenge of Attention

See if you can read through this entire blog post without being distracted by e-mails, hyperlinks, instant messengers, or the phone in your pocket.  I bet you can pretty easily, if you choose to.  I also know most of the Stew readers are adults, many of whom raise similar questions of how the digital world…