Advice Requested: Middle School D&D Club Show more
As the CW says, I want to get a #DnD club started in my school. My Media Arts curriculum is going to have an additional push towards improving storytelling skills and I think this can help a lot.
Ideally I would pull from my Media Arts class, which are 11-13 year old students. I'd prefer that the group be no more than 6 people.
What's the best avenue I could take to get administrative approval?
Working with 5-7 year olds Show more
Sometimes I pretend to not know how to do something in order to encourage kids to develop their problem solving skills.
This feels at times like the opposite of teaching, but only because I was so often taught using "sage on the stage" instruction.
This is ... different, but it seems to work.
LB: THIS * ∞
Had our art show last night. Heard a lot of praise for student talent. More than once I had to assert
"They worked really hard."
"This shows a lot of practice."
"[Visual Art Teacher] has high standards and pushes the students to reach them."
Rather than launch into a rant about education, I will say simply this:
When you praise someone - anyone - for a successful project, PLEASE praise the WORK they put into the project, including the training they went through to be able to do the work - and NOT their "talent" or "smartness" or "giftnedness".
LB: The best thing Yahoo ever did with Tumblr was leave it alone. Verizon is a horrible company and I've no interest in seeing them earn another dime off of me.
Tumblr tried to sneak in data collection under the radar. After a few taps, you can get a list of who they're sharing data with.
The list takes 19 screenshots to see all the names on my phone.
After School Events Show more
Art show was last night.
Last music concert (elementary, this time) tonight.
Next up is new student orientation, followed by 8th grade promotion. Neither of these is this week.
Then, I SLEEP.
(But I also get up at my normal time because I have students until the 20th of June, yay!)
There are two kinds of people...
Intentional Doctorate Misconception Show more
In my head-cannon "defending your dissertation" is a type of IRL tower defense game where you have to stack citations and evidence in a strategic fashion around the room while those who oppose you attempt to navigate their way through your work in order to destroy it.
I'm honestly not sure if that's more stressful than how it actually goes, though.
Let's see what today will bring.
Kids React: Educational Software Edition Show more
Introduced my 3rd graders to the 1990 version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.
They had predictible reactions when the game referred to "male" or "female" as "SEX," though I did get to throw in a "gender isn't the same thing as sex" comment.
Overall they thought the game was very hard but wanted to keep playing it when it was time to go.
After School Events Show more
This week has less work on the schedule (one performance and one art show), but hanging work for the visual art show is no joke.
Previous years we hung AT LEAST one work per student, usually more, but that was toned down a bit last year to only focus on the Middle School students.
This year we have different V. Art teachers and they're hanging in a different space, so I expect the stress level to be somewhere in between last year and the years before then.