The Screeching Owl

Hail To The Chief

Posted by David Fisher on 21st February 2011

It’s President’s Day!

As we stop to think about all of the trials and tribulations of our presidents, think about this: Which president do you look up to the most?  Why?

Take a few minutes to think about that and then let me know by leaving your reasons below.

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The Spring Blog Challenge

Posted by David Fisher on 24th January 2011

As some of you may remember from the fall, I wrote about why I decided to participate in the Fall Blog Challenge.  The topics were already there for me, along with the date that each post had to be up by.  I thought that it was a great way to work into blogging on a consistent basis.

Well, I’m at it again.  This time, though, the Spring Blog Challenge 2011 has been created by me.  I took some time this past weekend putting together a list of topics that will carry us bloggers until the end of May.  Once again, I don’t have to come up with the topics, as I’ve already done that, but have given others the benefit of a list that can be used if so desired.  To take a look at that list, click here.

My hope with this list of topics is to broaden how we look at the integration of education and life.  For example, how the Super Bowl could become a math lesson, how spring training could become a math or history lesson, how the viewing of current events by our students is different than our view, or how we use vacation time to our benefit.  Taking this approach, I believe, let’s us, and our students, think differently about some items that we may not necessarily view in any other way other than our norm.

Having said that, let me connect this post to the first topic that I’ve listed: Where do I want to take my students?  Where have my students taken me?

I’ve always said that my job is to get my kids ready for middle school.  For some that means making sure that their academics are solid.  For others that means making sure that they’re organizational, social, and behavioral skills are where they need to be.  Not every child will follow the same path, yet my goal is to lead them to the same place.  That’s where I expect to take my kids as we move towards the end of this school year.

Where my students have taken me, or will take me, is still to be determined.  It’s hard for me to declare a final destination at this point knowing that we have so much more of our journey ahead.  What I know for sure, though, is that wherever we end up together, it will be someplace very different from where we started.

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I Accept Your Challenge and now Challenge You

Posted by David Fisher on 7th October 2010

Recently a friend of mine, and a member of my Professional Learning Network (PLN), Melanie Holtsman, posted a challenge on Twitter.  The challenge, for those who accepted, is to blog once a week from now until the end of the year.  As Melanie put it in her blog post, and I’m paraphrasing here, the challenge is a way for me to keep my blogging organized and keep fresh topics in mind.  Melanie, if you’re reading this and I’ve mispoken, I apologize.  By the way, thanks for the challenge and for letting me borrow your image.  If you’d like to read some of Melanie’s posts, she can be found at Once Upon A Teacher.

After much thought, about a minute after reading Melanie’s blog post on this and her spreadsheet with the topics, I’ve decided that I need another challenge in my life and this seemed like a good one.  After all, I too am a blogger and will need topics to write about.  And, it was ready made.  There is something to be said about that.

Now the challenge is on, the Fall Blog Challenge 2010, that is.  My goal is simple: write at least a blog post a week following the topics included in this challenge and gear them to what is happening in the classroom.  Through these posts I can continue to provide you with insight into what your children are working on, as well as links to interesting projects or sites that we’ve investigated in class.  That is my challenge, but it is not the only challenge being discussed here.

I challenge you, students and parents, as well.  I challenge you to engage with this blog on a regular basis.  Read the posts, make comments, and reply to comments made by others.

I challenge you, parents, to let go of your child just a little bit more this year.  Let your child go and explore his/her interests.  Let your child experience something new and exciting to him/her even if it is something that you would not consider doing yourself.  Let your child take that first bike ride without training wheels, so to speak, with you there ready to catch him/her if needed.  Don’t be surprised if you’re left standing there while your child rolls down the street.

I challenge you, students, to step out on your own.  I challenge you to show the world what you’re really made of, what you’re really capable of doing, and what you can really contribute to your community.  I challenge you to be superstars in your own way that will truly show your true gifts.

I hope you’re all ready.  I challenge you!

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