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Update to the update
Clean
March 31, 2008 08:07 PM PDT

I have officially bought the domain turkeycrossing.org and middleschoolsocialstudies.org! Will start working on it over the summer.

Until then you can check me out at:
http://blogush.edublogs.org My blog
http://pbogush.edublogs.org Class blog
http://collaborationnation.wikispaces.com Class wiki

Thanks to all the crazies out there still downloading my ecclectic first try at a podcast!

Coming Soon Turkey Crossing 2.0
Clean
December 14, 2007 09:54 PM PST

It has been a long time since I posted a new episode. I stopped because I ran out of "free" space and school started and I have been a little busy. This site was my first attempt at podcasting. A good start, kind of eccentric, but I can't believe how many people listen each week! I have been deciding what to do next. I have found what is missing is a podcast that talks about in detail the assignments that can be done with 2.0 tools. So I think that is where I will moving to next. Each podcast will discuss one assignment I have done with my kids utilizing a 2.0 tool with links to the directions, handouts, wiki and blog pages, student work, and all the direction and tips on how to use the 2.0 tool. A ready to go 2.0 lesson plan podcast. Stay tuned! turkeycrossing2.podomatic will start up with the beginning of the 08-09 school year and track my attempt to use wikis, podcasting, blogs, and a brand new Smartboard with 100 students all at once while also worrying about state mandated tests and covering a massive curriculum.

Ch-ch-ch-changes....and my lack of power.
Clean
September 20, 2007 05:15 PM PDT
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I am ready to think about changing the education of children beyond my four walls. What caused this change? Take a listen.

My Kid's first days with wiki's and blogs...
Clean
September 20, 2007 05:12 PM PDT
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This is the first year I started all 100 kids on blogs and wiki's at the same time during the first week of school...how did it go? Take a listen.

Convincing the parents that 2.0 is the way to go!
Clean
September 20, 2007 04:36 PM PDT
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I had a meeting during the first week of school to introduce the parents on our team to blogs, wikis, and podcasts. How did it go? Take a listen.

First Day of School
Clean
September 18, 2007 03:45 PM PDT
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The first day of school is a special day for teachers and students. It sets the tone for the year. How do you set the tone on the first day of school? Do you smile and go out of your way to make the kids comfortable? or do you go out of your way to let them know who is in charge and focus on the class rules? After the first day are you kids excited about coming back for another day? or are they just thinking this is going to be another class like all the others. What do you do that is special on the first day of school? If your answer is nothing, then maybe this podcast will give you an idea or two. Come on, if you love your kids, make sure they love your class. Go out of your way to wow them and capture their imagination when their minds are wide open. Keep them open by filling it with wide open thoughts, not boring classroom rituals and overbearing rules. If you kick butt the first day, the kids won't spend the rest of the year kicking yours : )

"Three Questions"
Clean
August 29, 2007 05:38 PM PDT
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Today I had tears in my eyes. Wallingford, CT's teacher of the year, Karen Ripa, gave a short presentation to all of the teachers on the eve of the 2007-08 school year. Just when I thought I could not listen to another opening day speaker Karen walked up. She gave a short presentation that include a summary of a story that she reads to her kids based on the story "Three Questions" by Leo Tolstoy, and showed a brief slide show with the song "The Children are Our Future" playing in the background. It caught me off guard. My spirit was moved. I was truly touched and inspired today, and indirectly, so too will be the life of each of my students this year.
This podcast is nothing more that a big rambling thank you to Karen.

How do you get a lesson to stick?
Clean
August 26, 2007 09:02 PM PDT
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How do you get a lesson to stick?
I recently read Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. It was the last in the perfect trilogy of books I read this summer which also included The World Is Flat and A Whole New Mind. It is a book on why some ideas die, and others thrive. They explain how to make an idea “stick.” I wrote many notes as I read the book changing the context of their writing to be more in line with helping me plan a lesson rather than a marketing campaign. All of the ideas in the podcast and PowerPoint are from the book. I decided to type them onto a file so that I would not misplace them and that turned into a PowerPoint document. I am going to post the PowerPoint on teachertube.com under the title “How do you get a lesson to stick?” http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ebc05d66a0568a333196 This podcast is simply me reading the PowerPoint presentation. While I don’t consider the PowerPoint done, I know with school starting it is probably as finished as it ever will be and decided to post it as is. Hope it helps make your lessons “stick” this year.

Give your kids a break!
Clean
August 26, 2007 11:00 AM PDT
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My brain froze last week while reading a book. I needed a break. I just could not read anymore. I had been researching and reading about the same topic for weeks and I just could not absorb or learn any more new information. It made me stop and reflect on whether or not I sometimes tend to overwork my kids. This year I’m going to make it a point to work “breaks” into our schedule allowing time for the kids to decompress and recharge.

Voice Recognition Software
Clean
August 26, 2007 10:57 AM PDT

My fingers are not touching keyboard. I am writing this using the voice recognition software that came with my laptop. I have absolutely no idea how I can use this in my classroom, but I’m sure I will find a way because I think it is pretty darn cool. If you have any ideas, or have used this with your students, please let me know. PBogush@wallingford.k12.ct.us

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