One blog that I look forward to finding new posts in my reader fiom is Shelly Blake-Ploke’s Teachpaperless blog. Shelly teaches at John Carroll high school just north of Baltimore, Maryland. I have learned a lot of things from Shelly’s blog which I use in my own practice. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com
Often beneath the wave, wide from this ledge
The dice of drowned men’s bones he saw bequeath
An embassy. Their numbers as he watched,
Beat on the dusty shore and were obscured.
And wrecks passed without sound of bells,
The calyx of death’s bounty giving back
A scattered chapter, livid hieroglyph,
The portent wound in corridors of shells.
Then in the circuit calm of one vast coil,
Its lashings charmed and malice reconciled,
Frosted eyes there were that lifted altars;
And silent answers crept across the stars.
Compass, quadrant and sextant contrive
No farther tides . . . High in the azure steeps
Monody shall not wake the mariner.
This fabulous shadow only the sea keeps.
I taught AP American Government this year and every student was required to create a blog for the class. That blog was my window into their view of what was going on in class. Students were asked to write reactions to what we were doing in class. Essay questions were expected to be answered in the blogs. Students commented about current events and what they thought should be done about the issues. Lots of health care talk. Students had their blogs available to them when ever we took a test. I even experimented with Open Internet Assessments. (it is really useless to you unless you have been using on-line resources in your learning) Freed from having to worry about fact questions we were able to get deeper into what we examining. I will say with 14 student blogs to read I did a lot more reading and thinking myself over the course of the year. Sometimes it overwhelmed me, just like sometimes school overwhelms the students. It was a great reminder to me.
We all followed each other’s blogs and so anytime someone added something to a blog everyone knew it and most of us read them. It was a lot of new stuff but everyone seemed to like it.
Guess we will see what the results are at the end of the month when the AP scores come out. Blogging however made it a class of the students, for the students and by the students. I truly became a student of American Government! Try it and remember….it won’t be perfect and on some days it will be down right horrible. You have to open a lot of oysters to find a pearl.
I love things Irish and I particularly love Yeats. A colleague and member of this group sent me this via email this morning. Her intent was to share with me a piece about American railroading (another passion of mine). Thank you Dorothy!
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
by William Butler Yeats
I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
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