Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tweeting Allende

I've been having a pretty rough couple of weeks, and tonight I don't much feel like reflecting on what went wrong and what I can improve. I'd rather focus on something that I had a lot of fun with today in my advanced Spanish class. We're reading La isla bajo el mar by Isabel Allende, and while the process hasn't been without its struggles, everything seems more attainable when you're working with a motivated, creative and enthusiastic group of students.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

To flip or not to flip

I've been hearing a lot about Khan Academy for several years, but until recently I would only get blank stares from colleagues when I mentioned it. But this past Sunday it was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment, and I have a feeling that soon the blank stares are going to be replaced by vigorous nodding.

Monday, March 5, 2012

On getting the answer right at any cost

Something very interesting happened in my iPad pilot class today. We've been studying Spain's royal family, and I created a web-based formative assessment that integrated an audio clip about the recent embezzlement scandal that has shamed the Borbones with a few comprehension questions. Little did I know that this activity would lead to a total breakdown of integrity and academic honesty.