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Randy Lobur
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Interactive Rubrics
      While reading Phil Gobel's blog , I came across an interesting post from Edutopia- Michelle Lampinen's thoughts on using interactive rubrics as assessment for learning. Especially as a Social Studies teacher, I found this a powerful way to augment the...

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Reflection on "7 Things You Should Know About Virtual Worlds"
Recently, I came across Educause's short introduction to virtual worlds. Within this short piece, the authors describe a scenario where a student doctor interacts with virtual patients while being supervised by her instructors. In this scenario, the instruc...

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Lesson Study in Social Studies
Recently, I had the opportunity to read an article by Anne-Lise Halverson on Edutopia.   In it, she describes how she uses the process of "lesson study" to augment the development of her pre-service teachers during their internship years. In short, here is ...

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Reaction to Educause's Reading on Google Apps
     Although somewhat dated by this point, Educause's article introducing Google Apps  is a great springboard for anyone that hasn't yet taken advantage of the opportunities offered by this software. As a teacher who teaches three subjects (and collaborate...

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Reaction to "The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class"
     In his post  on Edutopia, educator Jon Bergmann speaks to what he believes is a teachers' biggest hurdle in "flipping" the classroom- the way teachers think about how to use their class time. I am certainly supportive of the notion that a flipped class...

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Reaction to Richardson, CH 6
In Chapter 6 of his book, Will Richardson speaks to the power of combining our various social networks into a personalized learning network- in other words, using RSS feeds and social bookmarking to create an easy way of aggregating material relevant to you...

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Randy Lobur commented on a post on Blogger.
I also commented on this article in my blog and felt much the same way with my middle schoolers!  I would argue that school is the place where students are most socialized, and modeling (and demanding) appropriate conversation methods are certainly helpful in that regard.

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Reaction to "Teaching Your Students How To Have A Conversation"
     Like them or not, I think it's rather telling that the Common Core State Standards include standards for speaking and listening. Logic would suggest that these standards were created because students show some deficiency in their ability to converse, a...

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Reaction to "Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time."
     In his November 14th post to Edutopia , Sam Wineburg discusses an issue facing history teachers worldwide. In an era where even the material captured in textbooks is suspect, as is much of the information on the web, how are we to train our students to...

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Reaction to "The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (And How To Turn It Around)"
     In his October 22nd post , Jose Vilson addresses one of the phrases that I have heard many times from my students- "I can't do this!" In many cases, this has become an ingrained belief in my students, coming as the result of being left behind in severa...
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