Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
So Long ...
I'm so glad we've had this time together,
Just to have a laugh or learn some math,
Seems we've just got started and before you know it,
Comes the time we have to say, "So Long!"
So long everybody! Watch this space in the fall for pointers to new blogs for each of my classes.
Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu, and all those good bye things. ;-)
Student Survey Results
How prepared were you to write this exam? (Average score out of 100)
How much effort did you put into preparing for this exam? (Average score out of 100)
How good a job did your teacher do preparing you for this exam? (Average score out of 100)
Did you have enough preparation using your calculator?
Yes 100% No 0%
Did you have enough preparation without using your calculator?
Yes 50% No 25% Middle 25%
Was I too hard or too easy on you??
Semester 1 was easy. Semester 2 was really hard for me. It killed me actually.
What was the best learning experience you had in this class?
Mini exams (2)
Teaching and explanations were very clear and easy to understand
What was the worst learning experience you had in this class?
Blogging On Blogging before tests
What suggestions can you share for next year?
More wiki assignments from past exams.
More exam-like long answer questions in class.
Have students doing boardwork in class.
The blog didn;t help me that much.
It's interesting to compare the items that were considered both the worst and best learning experiences. Also, take a look at the list of worst learning experiences compared to suggestions for next year. Help me do a better job next year by commenting on what you see here ....
Friday, June 09, 2006
The Places You'll Go!
Monday, May 29, 2006
Passing it forward--
Some 43 years ago, when I was about your age, my father who used to travel a lot, wrote me a letter enclosing a small article clipped from a magazine. In that letter, he wished for me a life of purpose and joy. He shared with me the clipping which described such a life and quoted George Bernard Shaw whose words you can read above.
I carried that article with me for years; unfortunately, somewhere in the many moves, it was lost. But not the thought and the power of those words. They have become a part of who I am. I know that my career as a teacher, and the mentoring I do now for teachers seeking National Board Certification are but "drops in the ocean" in this often violent, globalized world of ours but my life has been filled with joy, happiness and love.
I'm sure that my father writing and sharing those thoughts adds to their meaning for me, especially now that Alzheimer's prevents him from recalling what occurred. But his belief in me, in mankind in general, shaped my world. I'm passing that forward --my belief in you, my belief in mankind, and my wish that you find the real joy in life!
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wishing you success ahead!
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Two roads diverged in a wood---
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This has always been one of my favorites as I've found myself faced with those "two roads diverged" so many times in my life. I'm thinking you may now be viewing "two roads diverged" now as you are about to graduate and I know you will be many other times in your lives.
My choosing ( It wasn't necessarily an easy choice.) Earlham College was one of those times I "took the road less traveled" and it has made "all the difference" in my life. My years at Earlham have had a profound impact on who I am today, how I see the world, and what I believe.
Have you taken/will you be taking a road "less traveled by" and has it/will it made/make "all the difference"? Or does it matter?