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Week 4 Reflections

March 19, 2011

Week 4 Reflections

I like the videos assigned this week! I especially enjoyed the interview with Larry Rosenstock[1]. I viewed this particular video several times, not just to get quotes correct, but because the content is powerful. His point of view is very unique to education as I know it. Rosenstock understands that technology and academics can co-exist. He feels that we should not have a non-college bound track. I tend to agree with him; one of my friends was a special needs counselor at Lamar State College, Port Arthur, before she moved to Waco. Her job was to help special population students fit in and succeed. If we give all students the basics at the high school level, even our special populations studens can pursue the dream of a degree.
Rosenstock spoke of the following integrations:
  • students across social class - the purpose of public education is to server the public and create a public,
  • head and hand - understand derives from activity,
  • school and community - wall as permeable as possible,
  • secondary and post-secondary - students who ultimately won't go to college are better served if they are not segregated from programs that expect that they will be going to college.
I love that students at High Tech High are required produce and not just consume video and computer games. Rosenstock suggests that we "Wed the methodology of tech(nology) with the pedagogy of academics" to help students be successful.

[1] (nd). High Tech High Taking the Lead: An Interview with Larry Rosenstock. Retrieved on March 18, 2011 from

Week 3 Reflections

March 14, 2011

Reflections - Week 3

This week was extremely trying because it is our spring break. I had to try to stay focused, especially since others were depending upon me to do my part of the lesson. I re-worked my curriculum for How Coyote Stole Fire using Cast UDL Book Builder Web site. "Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, an...
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Reflections - Creating an E-Book using Book Builder

March 12, 2011

Reflections - Creating an E-Book using Book Builder

The e-book was challenging to create. I tried to use all elements suggested in Book Builder as I designed each page. My task was to write for blind and hearing impaired students. I focused on finding sound clips to add to my story. This is not easy! There are a few places that offer sound clips free of charge. Those places do not have the sounds I needed. I worked on the project for about five hours once I decided on the concept. I also lo...

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Reflections - Creating Curriculum Using CAST Lesson Builder

March 12, 2011

Reflections - Creating Curriculum Using CAST Lesson Builder

This week I re-worked my curriculum for How Coyote Stole Fire using CAST's Lesson Builder Web site. "Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can...

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Are We Teaching Every Student?

March 5, 2011

Do we meet the needs of all of our students?  That is a question that plagues educators, whether they admit it or not.  "The challenge posed by greater diversity and greater accountability is to enable students with widely divergent needs, skills, and interests to attain the same high standards. "(Rose and Myer, 2002.)  As I reflect upon the diversity of our campus, I feel that sometimes we forget that we do have high standards to attain.  The needs of our students are as divergent or differe...
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Reflection: Constructivism, Connectivism, and Cyborg Theories

February 27, 2011

Constructivism, Connectivism, and Cyborg Theories.

I watched three videos that discussed these theories. Most in education, including me, are acquainted with Constructivism as taught by Vygotsky. The other theories, Connectivism and Cyborg, were foreign to me.

Constructivism Theory suggest that we construct learning by actively being involved in learning[1]. This notion is counter to traditional learning theories where teachers impart knowledge while students sit and listen. Constructi...

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Reflections: Curriculum Management

February 22, 2011
Reflection One: Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standard 2 “ELCC Standard 2: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.
Curriculum management is essential to success in our schools. The information...
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Using Data to Make Decisions about Curriculum and Instruction

February 10, 2011

What has been your experience in using data to make decisions about curriculum and instruction?  I had to focus on data while preparing my 6th grade students for the reading TAKS test.  I would work with the other 6th grade reading teacher to try to find stories and strategies to help our students be successful.  We also looked at ways to include technology and were instrumental in getting Read180 implemented on our campus. Our principal insisted that we looked at disaggregated data from  ele...
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Evaluating Board of Education Policy

February 8, 2011

Does school district policy contain provisions for curriculum and instruction? Explain.

After many minutes of searching, I accidently found the district policy online.[1]  The policy indicates whether the policy is local or legal.  A perusal of the board policy shows that it addresses:

~ curriculum development - including innovative and magnet programs,

~ curriculum design - including basic instructional programs and special programs,

~ basic instructional material - includes separate s...

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Curriculum Management Audits

February 8, 2011
What has been your experience with curriculum management audits? Would your school district benefit from this process? Explain.
Like most of my peers I have not experienced a curriculum management audit, furthermore, this course is my first encounter with the term curriculum management audit. After viewing the lecture, I know that our school and district would benefit from the process. I also feel that individual foundation curriculum courses would also benefit from a curriculum management aud...

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Hope Scott I am a Web Technologies teacher. I created this blog as part of my Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership for Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

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