Archive for October, 2012

I am completely unmotivated by my students’ standardized test scores. When someone tells me I need to do something as a teacher to bring up the scores, my first thought is, “Why?” I’m happy if test scores go up anyway, sure, but it’s not a reason for me to do what I do. So when […]

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What I Meant to Say

Posted October 9, 2012 By Dave Thomer

Didn’t get to post Tuesday – trying to stay caught up on sleep to help stay ahead of the cold that’s going around the house. Almost finished New New Deal, and looking forward to reviewing it. I have had no problems reading it on my iPod, which surprises me. Still keeping an eye on the […]

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What I Really Want to Do Is Direct

Posted October 8, 2012 By Dave Thomer

So I’ve been interested in the idea of the “flipped” classroom and using podcasts to help students review material. I don’t think I’m ready to go for the full flip idea, where I assign students to watch a video that introduces content and then we use/discuss that content in class. But I think it could […]

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This Could Become a Habit

Posted October 7, 2012 By Dave Thomer

So, a few days into my e-reading habit, I’ve finished the three sample chapters I initially downloaded. I’ve downloaded a fourth, but I may not get to that for a while because I went ahead and bought The New New Deal and I’ve been reading it on my iPod. Holy smokes, I could get used […]

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A Book I’d Like to Write

Posted October 6, 2012 By Dave Thomer

I wrote my dissertation between 2002 and 2006. Since then I’ve gone back to school to get a Master’s degree in education so that I could be certified as a high school teacher. I’ve been an adjunct in philosophy alongside my day job as a social studies teacher, so I haven’t left the philosophical world […]

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Dipping My Toe in the E-Reader Pond

Posted October 5, 2012 By Dave Thomer

I love books. Here in my rec room/office I have four bookcases, with more shelves in the garage and a couple of piles of books in various spots around the house. Those cases include a bit of a backlog, of books I bought but then didn’t find the time to read before other topics – […]

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Today The Nap Won

Posted October 4, 2012 By Dave Thomer

Let-me-rest-my-eyes became oh-wow-time-to-get-up-for-work really fast.

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Wish the Nap Would Have Won

Posted October 3, 2012 By Dave Thomer

Took a nap, got up, watched the debate, wished I had stayed in bed. I think Romney had an inherent advantage in that the debates are the clearest case where Obama has to defend his record, and even if you’re someone like me who thinks Obama’s gotten things 75%-90% right in his first term, that […]

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Foreign Election Envy

Posted October 2, 2012 By Dave Thomer

I need some time to pull some thoughts together for a longer post. But for the moment I’m reading the Guardian’s coverage of the Labour Party conference and feeling some serious envy. This week it’s seemed like the conference was actually a matter of people in the party trying to work out differences, although maybe […]

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How Do I Get to “Having Written?”

Posted October 1, 2012 By Dave Thomer

Trying to find time when I have a clear head and enough focus to write is getting to seem like a pipe dream. Let me see if I can get the habit rolling again. Nope. OK, cheap joke aside, I just spent half an hour looking at the screen and reading a couple of articles […]

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