My last blog post was about one year ago. And before that post, I was barely able to add a post or two to this blog every few months. Why? It’s because I have spent the last four years of my life working, taking doctoral classes, and writing my doctoral dissertation. I defended it last Friday, and I am now DONE with college forever!
So, I have been away from the edu-blogosphere for a long time – having been in school for the last four years. I have not had the time to pay much attention to the world of blogging.
Now that Twitter is all the rage (along with lots of other social media sites) does anyone actually write blog posts anymore? Am I still living in 2009? Have those in my PLN stopped writing thought-provoking posts in favor of 140 characters and a cute Twitpic?
Back in the day, when lots of educators were blogging, I kept track of all the new posts via RSS feeds. Do people still do that? If so, what site are people using for this? I feel like a 21st century Rip Van Winkle after waking up and re-visiting my blog.
So, what is going on out there?
We just finished disability awareness week in our school. This is a week full of activities to help all children become more sensitive to those with disabilities, and to help build a sense of empathy for people living with disabilities. The activities are organized by parents, many of whom have children with disabilities. The parents volunteer to spend an hour or so in each classroom conducting interesting and thought-proving activities with students in grades K-5.
So, I just came across this video on my Facebook page, and I will be sharing this with teachers and parents. I think this is a wonderful example of someone who did not let a disability keep him from fulfilling his dream.
Happy 2013 to anyone who may be reading this post!
Well, it has been quite some time since I posted anything on my blog. I have spent the last two and a half years taking two classes per semester as I have been working toward my Ed.D. I am now finished with all of the classes and am officially an “ABD!”
I now am going to try to get back into posting about life as an elementary school principal and father of two teenage girls – one in college and one in high school (oy). I also will be looking for ideas and assistance regarding my dissertation topic for which I am just about finished with chapter 1.
For my dissertation, I am combining two passions – 1. Hiring and retaining the very best new teachers and 2. The use of instructional technology in classrooms. I am looking for new teacher induction programs in place in school districts which are also strong in the area of instructional technology. What kinds of PD are these districts providing to their new teachers in order to get their new teachers up and running on the first day of school and throughout the entire school year?
Any ideas or resources on the following would be wonderful:
1. Examples of high quality new teacher induction programs and rubrics to evaluate them
2. Rubrics to evaluate effective instruction technology plans in schools
3. Names of elementary (K-8) school districts considered exemplary in the area of instructional technology.
Thanks, and have a great new year!