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Kathy Burtscher

  • ThumbnailI was grateful that we had begun our planning in Course 4. Because I had that plan to guide me, I was able to focus on the implementation…which needed a lot of legwork to accomplish. I was without a regular […]

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    Why is it that we can stay connected with some people, and not with others?  You know, we’ve all moved from country to country and school to school. Some of the people we meet along the way are great […]

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Awesome way to define and understand the differences between wants and needs, at the same time developing an understanding of basic supply and demand in an economic system. Well documented, with student reflection integrated. Well done!

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your thinking. It seems like so long ago (Spring 2014, thank you C0ETaIL!) that I realized that I was an immigrant…and would always have that status, not because I just dabble, though that is true, but because I would never be able to use ‘digital’ as my primary language. It takes about seven years to become fluent in a…[Read more]

    • Thank you so much for your comments Kathy. I can tell that you are much further ahead of me as a digital language learner and I look forward to developing my knowledge, understanding and skills in some of the ways that you have as I continue to learn, practice and reflect on the ways in which I currently use technology.

      I liked the way in which…[Read more]

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Jo, were we meant to be able to access their tutorials from the list?

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Beautiful Jo!

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    Working with adult English Language Learners has given me a very different opportunity and perspective. They are motivated learners, motivated by the idea that they are working to improve […]

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Thanks for doing this project, Sharon. It reminded me that I wanted to make an infographic CV myself…one of these first years. You’ve re-inspired me.

    I used Picto chart also for another project and need to return to it to explore further. You made good use of the available features. Well done.

    Very timely use of the Terry Pratchett quote, sadly.

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    “They belong to a family, school, community and world group because of their interests, where they live and where they are from.” This is an interesting big idea. I might make the word ‘group’ plural just to emphasize that we all belong to many different groups. This is a good unit for Venn diagrams!

    We have so many third culture children and…[Read more]

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    You just have to take what comes along and make it work for you the best you can. I am NOT a relentlessly cheerful, chirpy person, and I’ve worked hard to cultivate some serenity from the ups and downs, so I am pleased to find it developing further. My cat is very lucky %^)

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Thanks for the empathy, Chrissy. It could have been a total disaster, but it wasn’t. I am fortunate to be in a more resilient state of mind that I might have been at another time, knowing that I could solve my problems. I submitted it, got my 4 point, and that step is done. Lots of good learning to be had from projects and problems such as…[Read more]

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    Yes, I do feel a bit like I am dangling upside down over an abyss, but I have practiced, a bit, and I should be able to pull off this performance, as long as there are a few clowns down in the main ring to […]

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    So, I am on the opposite end to your journey, taking my experiences and learning from ten years of international teaching back to the States, and thinking about how I will bring what I know about teaching into a new school system, in what is to me another new country. The international schools I have taught and worked in have not been 1:1 device…[Read more]

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Your ideas are very much worth sharing, and as Brandon says questioning you own thinking is a sign of growth. We learn more in uncertainty and discomfort than in comfortable familiar surroundings, don’t we?

    The paralysis comes and goes for me as well, but sometimes I just must think and rethink before I can get to writing…sometimes the words…[Read more]

    • Thank you for the affirmation! I agree, sometimes I can write what I want to say very easily, as though the words already exist somewhere inside me and I’m just conducting them out through my fingertips, but other times it’s a real chore. I’m glad I’m not alone, and I’m glad you enjoy the Vlogbrothers! They’re hilarious, and their online community…[Read more]

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    I really don’t expect everything to go smoothly in my life, but just before we started the new term in January, as I was just completing my paper and presentation for my  […]

    • Oh my goodness – what a start to Course 5 – it’s a wonder you can even think about Course 5! Having been through that Action Research paper – I totally felt your pain and heartache! So glad to read that not all was lost and some of your work was salvageable. Love that you were still able to share your learning through this potential disaster process!

      • Thanks for the empathy, Chrissy. It could have been a total disaster, but it wasn’t. I am fortunate to be in a more resilient state of mind that I might have been at another time, knowing that I could solve my problems. I submitted it, got my 4 point, and that step is done. Lots of good learning to be had from projects and problems such as those…usually not the learning that you might expect.

    • That is AWFUL. I am so sorry that happened to you, and am amazed at your positivity and the way you’ve used the experience as a way to learn! I would definitely not have been as upbeat as you…in fact, my reaction would probably have been somewhere between “I guess I’m through developing professionally,” and “I wonder if my family would prefer cat burgers or feline bolognese for dinner?” Your reaction of “this is a learning experience” is truly inspirational, and I feel like I have a lot to learn from you.

      • You just have to take what comes along and make it work for you the best you can. I am NOT a relentlessly cheerful, chirpy person, and I’ve worked hard to cultivate some serenity from the ups and downs, so I am pleased to find it developing further. My cat is very lucky %^)

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Yes, it’s grand when it does. Worth the angst!

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Gosh, Debbie, don’t feel ignorant! It’s not possible to anticipate everything that might happen in a new approach until you are knee-deep. We do our best, but there are always a few unexpected wrinkles to iron out. We need parents to be a strong and well-informed part of the learning community…so it’s our responsibility to make sure that…[Read more]

  • Kathy Burtscher posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Thanks for the comment Clint. You’re right, it is missing a provocation, because I just was still trying to work out how I would introduce this project with adults who work more than full time and have very little free time. Fortunately, though, during the last class before winter break (after I had turned in my plan), the provocation happened…[Read more]

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    Because I’m not in a conventional classroom right now, I’m going to design my project proposal with a broad brush so I will be able to adapt and implement it in a variety of ways, depending on where I […]

    • Kathy, the more I think about this project the more I really like the idea! One thing that is missing for me, however, is the provocation. What is the hook that you will use to get your adult students excited about this project? What is the question they are answering or the problem they are solving or the common goal they are all working towards achieving?

      • Thanks for the comment Clint. You’re right, it is missing a provocation, because I just was still trying to work out how I would introduce this project with adults who work more than full time and have very little free time. Fortunately, though, during the last class before winter break (after I had turned in my plan), the provocation happened along perfectly.

        I asked students to begin to think about next term and what they want to focus on in addition to the text we will work our way through. As a group, they said that they want to have a lot more conversation and discussion about their lives and interests, especially family, work, food, travel, what they have done, what they want to do. This was a great natural introduction, so I let them know that I might be able to arrange a digital presentation project that they would each be able to do in their own way, if they were interested. They were definitely interested. So I think the hook has been baited and cast.

        I’ll make a simple presentation of my own to show when we get back to class. I will definitely use Haiku Deck, because it’s simple and does not involve an audio track. It will make for great talking points, and authentic discussion and conversation starters, which they need.

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    The sidebar: This thought provoking video by Derek Muller (Veritasium) came from my youngest son today. Ernesto is studying Computer Science at Oregon State University. I’m hoping he’ll decide to teach, […]

    • Kathy, I like how you have identified two different theories to describe yourself based on your situation. This goes with your idea of “going with the flow” and transitioning in and out of a particular school of thought based on your situation and circumstance. Labels are great for categorizing but can also be debilitating. I like how you are embracing both as they fit!

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