Reflections on Flat Classrooms, Grading Rubrics, and Second Life

I've not had a lot of time to blog a lot about what is happening in flat classroom but I took a moment today to record my thoughts on how this project is going. This is also being sent through my podcast — you can now subscribe through iTunes by searching for Cool Cat Teacher.

I told the perfectionists that I'd spend as much time as they needed me to help them “perfect” their movies and wikis. But as with all projects, there is the full range of performance from A to C levels in the results. This is as one would expect.

I've gotten permission to take the students on Thursday to the local coffee shop as a reward and we will watch the finished videos on the big screen there. We will record our conversations and I plan to share them with you.

I'll keep you posted!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karyn Romeis December 13, 2006 - 9:35 am

You are doing wonderful things with these kids, Vicki. Keep it up. These are the sorts of skills that will stand them in good stead when they go out into the wide world.

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