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  • Seth Hills posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks Carlina,
    You are right it is difficult for students to comment on others work. It seems like they put all their energy into their posts and at the end the have just enough left to comment because they are required to. Intrinsic motivation can be difficult, I for one know that, but at the end of the day it is about getting it done.…[Read more]

  • Below is the format for my project. I started with a research question in mind and then moved through the process of collecting data. The above video represents the findings involved.
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    • Seth,

      I am so happy you powered through and finished this project even though it wasn’t under ideal circumstances. If nothing else, it teaches us how our own students feel when we assign them something and they have to turn it in regardless of whether they feel finished or not.

      All in all, I think you had a tough goal; getting MS students to be intrinsically motivated to comment on others blogs is a tall order. I know because I (we) have a MS student of my (our) own! I think a lot of great ideas and incentives were in place (blogging buddies, exciting posts–STEM Fest, etc.) but writing is hard. Reading others’ posts, thinking critically about what was shared and then adding thoughtful comments is not easy. I think developmentally most are still at a stage where empathizing with others and thinking abstractly is really challenging. I’m still working on this as an adult!

      I also wonder how exciting it is for students to even have comments? I know lots of students who have dedicated readers and commenters, albeit family members, but they never respond back. Personally I like to have readers and appreciate the time others take to comment, but it could be said that my life is probably boring in comparison to a youthful middle-schooler!

      You have a great connection with students and I know if anyone can motivate them to try something new, it’s you.


      • Thanks Carlina,
        You are right it is difficult for students to comment on others work. It seems like they put all their energy into their posts and at the end the have just enough left to comment because they are required to. Intrinsic motivation can be difficult, I for one know that, but at the end of the day it is about getting it done. Unfortunately we are guided by rules, regulations, restrictions, and deadlines. Thanks again for commenting on my project.

        Seth Hills

  • I just read a great article from The New Yorker, written by, Maria Konnikova entitled Being a Better Online Reader. I was instantly interested in this piece because online reading is something that I have had to […]

  • Seth Hills posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Laura,

    That app sounds really cool and helpful. There is so much going on with school and the move, this seems to be something that would be great in my life. Thanks for sharing!

  • Seth Hills posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Rachel,

    Great post. I can picture the events of the day. Snow plow works, but when I teach skiing I would say pizza slice. You go from french fries to pizza. I think you really made a great point about wanting to learn and being excited to learn. What can be tricky is even if we want to do something and are excited by the thought of it; it…[Read more]

  • Seth Hills posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Carlina,

    Great post! What an awesome way for the teachers to get some pd! I would have loved to have been there to see the excitement on the student’s faces as they taught their teachers about something that is important and fun for them. I remember how important and special I felt each time a teacher asked me for some info on something that…[Read more]

  • ThumbnailNomophobia– The fear of being without one’s mobile device.

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  • The world is changing. It’s looking for people who are creative and entrepreneurial, and that’s not going to happen in a system that tells kids what to do all day.” Samantha Cook 

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    • Hi Seth,

      Thank for sharing! I have always wondered about homeschooling, and have waxed and waned about it’s advantages and disadvantages. Information at our fingertips has definitely shifted the way we view education, and the means for the delivery of the education. What does appeal to me about having children go to a regular school, though, is that, in my humble opinion, it really throws them into the arena that is life, the real, hard core life as it is, until the “real” life experiences kick in. No amount of advanced tech apps or idealistic educational goals could possible help them understand what empathy is, and that insensitive comments to someone you cannot really see behind the screen, has emotional impact on a very real person.

      Yeah, indeed, sound advice to refrain from telling your teenager that mom and dad know best, but here’s the best part that I am slowly starting to discover.. they know that already, yay! They just don’t want to acknowledge that yet. And the truth is, sometimes we do not know what’s best, but we have in our hearts the best intention for them, and that helps make everything better.The part they find hard to accept is, perhaps, why do we as parents not know that they know some too, and to trust them. That is my personal parenting journey in a snapshot. I have expressed some of these sentiments in my blogpost, if you would like to have a look:

      All the best with your journey!



    • Seth,

      I have been teaching for 18 years and have children of my own but the thought of home-schooling my own children- as it turns out, our children- (if it were even an option) sounds painful. I teach all day in an institution that is more progressive than most, yet still remains quite traditional in it’s approach to learning. Even so, the social learning that happens at school is something I can’t offer. Like it or not, much of the world is dictated by bureaucracy and doesn’t always embrace free-thinking, innovative pioneers.

      However, in the end whether a child is home-schooled or attends a high-end international school or a traditional public school I think the true predictor of success can be traced back to the family life. Sure, there are exceptions to this. We all know people who endured endless trials and tribulations and are now thriving and what about the people who seemingly had it all and still can’t seem to “get-it-together”? I don’t think the question is, “Do we homeschool or not?” but what is the purpose of education.

      Great post and great article. Thanks for sharing.

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    “While the gold standard of small in-person classes led by great instructors will remain, online courses will be shown to be an effective learning environment, especially in comparison with large […]

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    I have never been, as a student, or a teacher, involved in a flipped classroom. Reading an article by, Jackie Gerstein, on the flipped classroom has opened my mind to some interesting scenarios and teaching […]

  • Seth Hills commented on the post, You’re a Genius, on the site Hannah E. Kingsley 5 years ago

    Hi Hannah,

    I am not ready to flip, and I flipped out when I read about gaming in the classroom. Sorry to say, I just don’t think the students have enough self control to watch tutorials at home. I like the idea […]

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  • ThumbnailLet me just say this, I am a huge fan of acronyms. So when I started to research the SAMR model , developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, I was relieved to find so much more information in four letters. In researching […]

  • Hi Danieta,

    Looking at our end result is great. Asking “why” or what can we achieve is a great way to center ourselves. I love the UBD philosophy and always try to think of my end goal or assessment when […]

  • Hi Rachel,
    Great post! The human element is necessary to all grade levels. One thing I love about being in the middle school is how students deal with the chemical transitions that are going off in their sweet […]

  • Hi Carlina,

    Thanks for teaching me more about differentiation and personalization. Your definition, ” In short, Personalization defines the learner and Differentiation defines the teacher,” has really cleared a […]

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  • Hi Carlina,

    I think you are spot on when you say choice is imperative for students. I believe it is paramount to give our students choice when assessing. From what I see in middle school, motivation tends to be […]

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