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Wordle is cool. I think it’s neat that you get to see a graphic representation of what you look at “arranged” by order of importance. What do you bookmark the most?
tgels at Del.icio.us
For blogging, I guess. I’ve seen a dramatic decrease in activity as I scan my feed reader–I guess that the end of the school year is a time to relax for everyone!
Not that I’ve been relaxing too much. My summer started with a roof leak (arrgh–now it’s progressed to getting a new roof), and moved quickly into the NATC where I presented on blogging (mixed reviews…I got a lot of positive feedback but (I guess this is typical) there was so much material that I still wanted/needed to cover when it was over). Now I’m in the middle of AMSTI.
AMSTI has been good so far, but (and this is a good thing) it’s covering a lot of material that I learned in college a few years ago. That only makes sense, I suppose. Athens seemed to do a pretty good job of presenting up-to-date material when I was there. Last week we covered Science Year 1 which included chemical tests, plant growth, and weather (GLOBE). We’ve got Math Year 2 scheduled for next week.
AMSTI looks like a great program. Implementation in the classroom is going to be a challenge. We’ll make it happen, though…we always do. This is one of those times in which I’m glad that I’m still new at this teaching thing; our grade level is implementing a new reading curriculum on top of ARI and DIBELS in addition to “doing” math and science a new way as a result of this summer’s training. It’s almost like starting over! Some of the veteran teachers are finding themselves back at square one.
It’s going to be an interesting year!
I just thought of another summer activity: I attended a classroom management workshop that AA&MU sponsored. Not bad.