Thursday, August 8, 2013

What if teachers planned inservice?

I saw this on Facebook, via Marvelous Teacher Musings.

If teachers planned inservice...

I thought it was pretty good. I am sure most teachers have been to the inservices like this. I usually do exactly as is described, pay attention unless I have to mumble something affirmative once in a while. If I can I try to do something else useful with my time, which is really just about anything else. I almost feel a little bad for the presenters in those cases. They often come bearing a message that you can tell they themselves aren't exactly enthusiastic about either. That doesn't mean I can condone just reading from the presentation slides...

I have taught several inservices as well, and I would hope that I did not do anything like this. They were mostly based on technology, websites and Ipads, and the most speaking I did was 2-5 minutes at a time. The rest of the time was spent using and doing, which are far more valuable uses of participants time.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Where are all the male teachers?

Just saw this on Edudemic. As a male who works in a school with only 1 other man, and 50 women, I often wonder the same thing. Not sure this infographic has all the reasons perfect, most men I know would have no idea what to do in a school. There certainly aren't any incentives to convince them otherwise though.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Brickfilms! Or Lego Stop Motion Animation

I love teaching stop motion animation, and if we could, it would be great if we could have everyone in school bring in Lego while we are working on it. Lego are arguably one of the easiest way to make stop motion because they move slowly, easily lock into position, and with the addition of blocks you can make a nice variety of "things". Of course, I can't assume that everyone has enough Lego to make something. I have a large collection myself, but I don't think I am bringing all that into school! Anyways, here is a link to a collection of channels of video's done with Lego. There is even some about Slenderman!

6 Lego-Tastic Brickfilm Channels to Follow On YouTube