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What would be the one thing you would not change about schools? Student Responses.
Clean
June 26, 2007 04:09 PM PDT
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Ahhhh...it's over. One more school year ended today. After baking in the 95 degree heat up in the third floor, I think we all left very tired. This is the last podcast in a trilogy inspired by Kevin Honeycutt. If I could do it over again, I would not have tried to record student responses in the ovens we call our classrooms on the last day, but here ya' go....

Opening music from State of Fate

If you could change one thing about schools....student responses.
Clean
June 23, 2007 06:01 AM PDT
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Recently I responded to one of Kevin Honneycutt's Driving Questions podcast questions "What is one thing you would change about schools?" I then wondered what would the kids say? So I handed over the microphone and recorder to eight students and sent them up to lunch. Here is what they came back with. Your thoughts?

What is one thing you'd change?
Clean
June 19, 2007 04:23 AM PDT
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Kevin Honeycutt posed a classic question on his podcast "Driving Questions." He asked, "What is one thing you would change about schools?" Here is my response...it might sound crazy, but it would work.

Students as Teachers...Teachers as students
Clean
June 14, 2007 08:14 AM PDT
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What can you learn from your students? Watch them carefully and they will tell you what they need and when they need it. Let them teach, and they will show you how they learn and what will engage them. This podcast was sparked by watching a group of students take over class for a day, and then having a group of "career day" speakers take over class the following day. If we open our eyes, our hearts, and relinquish our "power" in the classroom to our kids, we might learn some very valuable lessons about how we should be teaching. We should all treat our students as teachers.

Rhythm
Clean
June 12, 2007 06:52 AM PDT
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Rhythm...important to music, important to teaching. Listen while I try to establish some rhythm.

Grade this Podcast
Clean
June 08, 2007 06:21 AM PDT
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Grade this podcast -- go ahead...I double dog dare you.
A podcast about grades and assessments. Really, grade this podcast. But I want you to make a decision to grade it before you listen to it...not after. Notice what changes when you try to listen to this knowing you have to grade it...the same thing that happens when you try to learn something you know you will be graded on. I am serious, go ahead..grade this podcast. If you are a teacher you grade 1000's of assignments. This should be an easy task. Please don't tell me you don't have a rubric so it would be unfair, or that you don't know me. Go ahead, grade this podcast.

Connecting With Students
Clean
June 05, 2007 11:33 AM PDT
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Wow! This podcasting thing is much harder than I thought. It's funny how I have all these thoughts flying around in my head but the second I try to get them to come out of my mouth they become garbled and unfocused. I guess I have never really had the opportunity to vocalize or write down my "educational" thoughts and now that I try...yikes. My podcasts end up being more like a dysfunctional therapy session rather than a well thought out podcast on a focused topic. I keep thinking at the end of each one that I should start over and throw it out. But I think I am going to keep going and maybe there is a lesson in here somewhere -- especially for my kids next year when we start the class podcasts. So today I leave you with a short podcast on connecting with kids. I think if we all started thinking about how we can better connect with our kids and then talk about curriculum, technology, school design, etc...the world would be simply a much better place : ) Hey...if you read this far, leave me a comment would ya...let me know someone besides myself has seen this page. Thanks!

Paul

Trust Your Students
Clean
June 01, 2007 05:07 AM PDT
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I trust my kids. Every opinion they give is true and honest. Why don't we use the opinions of our children to improve our teaching? Are we afraid of what we might hear if we ask and listen? A podcast inspired by K.

...opps....after listening to it I realize that I must have started pedaling faster and the recorder started to pick up a lot of wind noise half way through -- sorry! I'll drive slower next time : )

You have to start somewhere...
Clean
May 31, 2007 04:51 AM PDT
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My first podcast. Just an experiment to test the recorder -- next time I will actually try to have a focus : )

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