Call the email exchange spirited. Each side marshalled evidence in the form of research. I was one side of the two-sided correspondence. I don't fear Covid-19, per se. I do take precautions; I have tried to learn from the missteps of the Pandemic of 1918. I respect the fact that Covid-19 has done tremendous damage; … Continue reading Fear? Or, Caution and Respect?
My new glasses are in the making. However, thanks to the nonsense of 2020, it's going to take a bit longer for the lenses to arrive so my optician can do his magic. Consequently, I am operating with old glasses and new vision needs. I need to pay stricter attention to the 20-20-20 rule. My … Continue reading Is it Time to Teach Tech-Usage Skills?
My optometrist needs roller skates; maybe wings and roller skates. He seemed to fly down the halls of his office yesterday, along with his three partners. Eventually, he breezed into my exam room. So what brings you here today? he asked. My eyes are killing me, I said. They ache. Sometimes they burn. When I … Continue reading How Might Remote Learning Impact Young Eyes?
Mine are killing me, thank-you very much. I even made an appointment to see my eye doctor today! I suspect many teachers and students are feeling my same eye pain, and some other ailments, given the new world of remote learning. And there are several reasons why. When the March 2020 quarantine arrived, the focus … Continue reading How Do Your Eyes Feel?
Sometimes one just backs into learning due to a life encounter. Such is my case when two monarch caterpillars showed up on a piece of swamp milkweed sitting in a vase in my kitchen. I have written a couple of posts about my visitors. One became a chrysalis this past Wednesday. Chrysalis hanging from the … Continue reading People Can Tag Monarch Butterflies?!
A close friend told me today: Those caterpillars were sent to you for a reason. She was talking about the monarch butterfly caterpillars who appeared on a piece of swamp milkweed I had brought into my house. A deer had tromped on the stem, so it went into a vase. Several days later, these beauties … Continue reading Can Caterpillars Teach Us About Remote Learning?
33-year old Toby gives EDrenaline Rush 5 Beaks! Some caveats. I only “know” John Meehan from Twitter. I bought my copy of his book, EDrenaline Rush. And I have this hypothesis: Meehan was one of those students who drove his teachers crazy with his energy and creativity. Fortunately, he retained his enthusiasm and love of … Continue reading Ready for an EDrenaline Rush?
To call Principal Jay Billy a friend, or even a colleague, would be presumptuous. We have only met twice. We connect mostly via Twitter. What I can write is this: I respect Jay Billy immensely. Through his writing and the pictures he posts, he clearly loves children. And at the end of the day, that’s … Continue reading Can We Only Aim For Equity?
Twenty-five days ago, where I live, remote learning began as a two-week prospect. Planning for ten days of instruction essentially involved packets of work to keep kids treading academic water until schools reopened. We're beyond that now; and the evolution of remote learning has been inspiring and frustrating for everyone. As someone aptly wrote, most … Continue reading Why Is Remote Learning a Challenge?