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On Pie, Teaching and Learning

What does an English teacher really need? Desks, books, paper, pencils. Tech? Only a maybe… Continue reading

Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 9

Lessons Learned So the Macbeth project has been completed, and I’ve had time to contemplate what went right and what could be improved.   1. Circuits Overloaded! Problem: Too much new tech all at once Despite being “Digital Natives,” a sizable portion(perhaps 20-30% by my estimate) were frustrated by the volume and complexity of the project.  Aside: I … Continue reading

Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 8

A Focus on Focus I’m an English teacher.  And although I don’t get to do it as much as I like, I love to read.  On summer days when the sweltering heat and humidity of August in Pennsylvania became too much, I would curl up in some cool corner and read and read and read. … Continue reading

Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 6

Macbeth: A catalog of technology Our district’s inservice today is all about HEATing up our lessons.  I think our Macbeth unit has fit the bill.  Looking back on the first portion of this project leads to quite a tally of technology use. Twitter We use Twitter to compose brief responses from the point of view of a … Continue reading

Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 4

The Storify Assignment With all the potential issues sorted out, I felt we were ready to launch our project. However, I should say something at the outset. Our primary goal was to learn about how authors create and change characters not the language of William Shakespeare.  This will surely make some English teachers shudder, but … Continue reading

Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 3

Solving Problems Before They Become Problems One thing I have learned about using a new resource is to think through the entire process.  What will the final product look like?  What will the rubric include?  How will it be collected and graded?  How do I prevent my teenage students from getting themselves (and perhaps me … Continue reading

Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 2

Part 2: Beyond Tweets I needed a way to take my students beyond the simplistic, but creative tweets, and delve into some serious higher-order thinking with Macbeth.  Analysis of the tweets might just do the trick.  We were focused on characterization in this unit and studying Macbeth provides a number of interesting characters: Macbeth’s fall from … Continue reading

Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 1

Part I: The Simplicity of Twitter Twitter is an interesting and powerful Web 2.0 tool.  Originally intended as a simple social networking resource, educators have found value in Twitter’s simplicity as well.  There is something invigorating and even seductive about engaging the students on ground that is already familiar to them. Clear Goals At the … Continue reading