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Inspiration – Motivation – Transformation

During the roughly 25 years of my teaching life, I’ve never thought so much about teaching and what it ought to be like, how it ought to change, and what I myself could – and can – contribute as in the past couple of months. Why? Because of Twitter and embedded videos and streamed discussions [...]

Bildungsraum Internet

Im Zusammenhang mit der Diskussion über eine Veranstaltung des EduCamp 2010 in Hamburg, in der es um das Thema “Das Internet als Bildungsraum” ging, habe ich mir in einem Kommentar in Jean-Pol Martins Weblog Gedanken darüber gemacht, woraus für mich der Bildungsraum Internet besteht. Die dort eingetragenen Beobachtungen (die freundlicherweise auch in Walter Böhmes Blog [...]

Don Quixote – all the optimism a teacher needs

In his blog post “La Mancha and the Heart of a Teacher” Pete Reilly draws a parallel between how Don Quixote, the famous ‘knight of woeful countenance’, sees Aldonza and how teachers (should) see their pupils:

I believe it is essential for teachers to have the heart of ‘Don Quixote’, the Man of La Mancha. Don [...]

Mehr Bildung in Blogs

Die Pädagogin Melanie Unbekannt, alias “Literatenmelu”, hat in ihrem Blog dazu aufgerufen, dem Motto “Mehr Bildung in Blogs” gemäß einige Aspekte zu behandeln, die mit der Erinnerung an die eigene Schulzeit, mit damaligem und heutigem Medieneinsatz, mit der Lehrerausbildung und der Rolle des Internets für die Nachhilfe zu tun haben. Da es inzwischen schon mehrere [...]

Miracle Workers by TAYLOR MALI

Taylor Mali has made another poem about his (and our) profession: Miracle Workers is about our daily bread, as it were. The final lines give a good impression of the general tone of the poem: “Education’s the miracle, I’m just the worker./But I’m a teacher, /And that’s what we do.” This is a lot less [...]

Music For Building Human Dignity

The TED site (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, founded in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds; since then its scope has become ever broader) offers a speech by Jose Antonio Abreu “on kids transformed by music” (16:58).
This music teacher in Venezuela thought up and realized a system (‘El Sistema’) [...]

A gem from “The Two Weeks You Missed”

On The New York Times’s op-ed page, William Falk, the editor in chief of The Week magazine, alerts us to some things that happened while our attention was absorbed by the two party conventions (is it necessary to add that we’re talking about “political parties”? not the ones where you get food and drink [...]

Test obscenity and its rewards

The fabulous Language Log has quite an amusing (and informative) posting today: Test obscenity, taboo avoidance, and prescriptivism. It is about how two websites, Times online and Associated Press, manage to avoid actually printing the obscenity which pupils wrote on the GCSE exam papers, and not so much about the fact that these pupils in [...]

Taylor Mali on what teachers make

I thought I had written a post on this about a year ago – but as I went through the TulgeyWood archives, no Mali post turned up. So it appears I had just bookmarked it or only put it on my YouTube favorites list. Anyway. I still find it impressive, funny and – in a [...]

Teaching methods

Die Comedy-Serie “Not! The Nine O’Clock News” lief zum ersten Mal im April 1979, und nach einigen Änderungen bei der Besetzung blieb man bei diesen vier Protagonisten: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones und Pamela Stephenson. Ähnlich kreativ und witzig wie “Monty Python”, aber weniger aggressiv, wurde die Reihe bald so populär, dass man [...]