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2014-09-22 23:36:14 (24 comments, 68 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Here is a list of twenty things I think every educator should do.

http://davidwees.com/content/20-things-every-teacher-should-do

What would you add? What would you change?

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2014-09-22 23:36:14 (24 comments, 68 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Here is a list of twenty things I think every educator should do.

http://davidwees.com/content/20-things-every-teacher-should-do

What would you add? What would you change?

Die meisten +1: 87

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2014-09-22 23:36:14 (24 comments, 68 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Here is a list of twenty things I think every educator should do.

http://davidwees.com/content/20-things-every-teacher-should-do

What would you add? What would you change?

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2015-06-25 01:20:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Grace Kelemanik, Amy Lucenta, and Susan Creighton are going to be presenting interactive workshops on standards of math practice 2, 7, and 8 for NCTM in the summer. I've worked with Grace a lot and I learn something every time I interact with her. The same is true for Amy and Susan. I highly recommend their workshops.

http://www.nctm.org/Conferences-and-Professional-Development/Institutes/Grades-3-8-Mathematical-Practices/

Grace Kelemanik, Amy Lucenta, and Susan Creighton are going to be presenting interactive workshops on standards of math practice 2, 7, and 8 for NCTM in the summer. I've worked with Grace a lot and I learn something every time I interact with her. The same is true for Amy and Susan. I highly recommend their workshops.

http://www.nctm.org/Conferences-and-Professional-Development/Institutes/Grades-3-8-Mathematical-Practices/___

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2015-06-20 17:39:16 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Mistake Makers or Sense Makers? A brief discussion of my journey from viewing children primarily as generators of mistakes I had to fix to viewing children as sense-makers within our world.

Mistake Makers or Sense Makers? A brief discussion of my journey from viewing children primarily as generators of mistakes I had to fix to viewing children as sense-makers within our world.___

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2015-05-30 15:20:46 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Here's a recording of my keynote for the New Jersey Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvLy5f8tJI0

The audio is not amazing but it is manageable. The resources from the presentation are here: http://wees.it/njamte

Here's a recording of my keynote for the New Jersey Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvLy5f8tJI0

The audio is not amazing but it is manageable. The resources from the presentation are here: http://wees.it/njamte___

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2015-05-27 18:10:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My blog post for NCTM is up on the Math in the Middle School blog here: http://www.nctm.org/Publications/Mathematics-Teaching-in-Middle-School/Blog/What-Knowledge-Do-You-Need-to-Plan-a-Unit_/

My blog post for NCTM is up on the Math in the Middle School blog here: http://www.nctm.org/Publications/Mathematics-Teaching-in-Middle-School/Blog/What-Knowledge-Do-You-Need-to-Plan-a-Unit_/___

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2015-05-18 18:23:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Presenting a webinar with +WizIQ in two days on "How to Study Your Own Teaching"

Sign up and see more detail here!

Presenting a webinar with +WizIQ in two days on "How to Study Your Own Teaching"

Sign up and see more detail here!___

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2015-05-03 20:48:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Thanks for sharing this. I've got a comment now. From Marilyn Burns no less!

Great new post by +David Wees.___Thanks for sharing this. I've got a comment now. From Marilyn Burns no less!

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2015-03-20 18:54:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I think preschool kids should be able to make friends with whomever they please without some adult imposing their heterosexist and very adult perspective on that friendship.

I think preschool kids should be able to make friends with whomever they please without some adult imposing their heterosexist and very adult perspective on that friendship.___

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2015-02-20 15:15:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm reading this summary of Project Follow Through which implies that Engelmann's Direct Instruction model was the most successful model for learning mathematics and reading, and that therefore direct instruction is the most effective model for teaching.

I think first that the research does not show that direct instruction as a teaching model is necessarily the best; I think it is more accurate to say that in direct comparison with other programs of instruction, Engelmann's Direct Instruction model was the most successful with the groups of students being compared. I think it is important to make this distinction because it seems to me that Project Follow Through compares programs for implementing different instructional models, rather than being able to directly compare the instructional models themselves. In other words, maybe this just shows that Direct Instruction, as... mehr »

I'm reading this summary of Project Follow Through which implies that Engelmann's Direct Instruction model was the most successful model for learning mathematics and reading, and that therefore direct instruction is the most effective model for teaching.

I think first that the research does not show that direct instruction as a teaching model is necessarily the best; I think it is more accurate to say that in direct comparison with other programs of instruction, Engelmann's Direct Instruction model was the most successful with the groups of students being compared. I think it is important to make this distinction because it seems to me that Project Follow Through compares programs for implementing different instructional models, rather than being able to directly compare the instructional models themselves. In other words, maybe this just shows that Direct Instruction, as implemented by Engelmann, is an easier program to implement. One hypothesis here is that the model does not require the teachers implementing it to necessarily know the mathematics they are teaching.

I also notice that there are no models for instruction that I would classify under the formative assessment model for instruction (or responsive teaching) that appear to be pat of the comparison. I checked the description for the model titled "Responsive Education" and this page says that it a description for it is: "_Responsive Education Model (Far West Laboratory)­. Developed by Glenn Nimict, this is an eclectic model using the work of O.K. Moore, Maria Montessori, and Martin Deutsch. The model used learning centers and the child's interests to determine when and where the child is stationed. The development of self-esteem is considered essential to the acquisition of academic skills._"

Another observation: Direct Instruction (tm) as created by Engelmann may not be synonymous with direct instruction as implemented by classroom teachers given that the cohesion and focus of the program created by Engelmann may be lacking in the variations created by classroom teachers (who I doubt have the kind of time Engelmann did to create their scripts).

I've read that there are some fairly sophisticated criticisms of these findings but I have not found them myself. As many of the teachers I work with are using direct instruction I want to understand the model better and understand their reasons for using it, either because supporting them in using formative assessment in a direct instruction model might be a path to improving their teaching or because I need to better understand the developmental path between a teacher using direct instruction to a teacher using a formative assessment based/responsive teaching style.

To be clear, I am not sold on direct instruction as a ideological basis for instruction - I think that it places too much emphasis on the mode of information access for students and not enough on the thinking they do that informs what they remember.

Can anyone share:

1. Thoughtful critiques of Project Follow-Through.
2. Evidence that I am way off base here and need to abandon my position on direct instruction.
3. Anything else they want?___

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2014-12-22 00:47:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Check this digitization of a game originally shared by Marilyn Burns.

Some Sunday-afternoon inspiration via +David Wees via Marilyn Burns.

Article: http://goo.gl/Qi0K4Y
Game: http://goo.gl/orvzPL

The game has a few small kinks that I can see right now but should be mostly solid. Interesting discussions sold separately.  : )

#educationaltechnology  ___Check this digitization of a game originally shared by Marilyn Burns.

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2014-11-10 19:10:58 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I love this poster that Michael G. Giangreco created on why creating supports for ELL and Special education students creates supports for all students.

Source: http://njcie.org/vision-newsletter/

I love this poster that Michael G. Giangreco created on why creating supports for ELL and Special education students creates supports for all students.

Source: http://njcie.org/vision-newsletter/___

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2014-09-29 03:38:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

New post: What Do Mathematics Teachers Need to Know?

http://davidwees.com/content/what-do-mathematics-teachers-need-know

New post: What Do Mathematics Teachers Need to Know?

http://davidwees.com/content/what-do-mathematics-teachers-need-know___

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2014-09-22 23:36:14 (24 comments, 68 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Here is a list of twenty things I think every educator should do.

http://davidwees.com/content/20-things-every-teacher-should-do

What would you add? What would you change?

Here is a list of twenty things I think every educator should do.

http://davidwees.com/content/20-things-every-teacher-should-do

What would you add? What would you change?___

2014-09-07 19:42:28 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here's a write-up of how to use Autocrat to create individual comments for students, in a process that hopefully does not take much longer than grading the student work.

http://davidwees.com/content/sharing-individualized-comments-students-autocrat

Here's a write-up of how to use Autocrat to create individual comments for students, in a process that hopefully does not take much longer than grading the student work.

http://davidwees.com/content/sharing-individualized-comments-students-autocrat___

2014-08-29 10:24:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I love that +Raymond Johnson took the time to highlight our grand challenges.

I appreciate that he noticed that the grand challenges he is highlighting are all from white men, which suggests that there is another important grant challenge (which based on the conference strands at the NCTM annual meeting, +NCTMChannel is acutely aware of) about the equity of voices and whose ideas are listened to in mathematics education.

This post is a bit of a ramble, but +Robert Talbert, +Patrick Honner, +David Wees, and +Bryan Meyer all made some good suggestions for "grand challenges" worth considering in mathematics education. This post is meant to promote and push their ideas a bit further, and to see where we might make some progress.

#mathed  ___I love that +Raymond Johnson took the time to highlight our grand challenges.

I appreciate that he noticed that the grand challenges he is highlighting are all from white men, which suggests that there is another important grant challenge (which based on the conference strands at the NCTM annual meeting, +NCTMChannel is acutely aware of) about the equity of voices and whose ideas are listened to in mathematics education.

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2014-08-21 01:38:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Pretty gross in my opinion. No, Google has not done anything illegal, but if you consider the amount of good that this tax money could potentially have done, and the number of companies pulling almost exactly the same kind of bullshit, you start to get a bit annoyed.

Remember this story the next time your photocopier-that-hasn't-been-replaced-in-ten-years breaks down or you have kid number 35 added to your public school classroom.

So I inadvertently figured out -- well not exactly, from a geographic perspective -- where Google keeps all the free intellectual property it has appropriated from various working educators and at least one public-school-funded educational non-profit over these past several years.

I was merely doing some more research into Google's "Double Irish" tax avoidance scheme, (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Irish_arrangement ) first invented by Apple and used by most of the large US technology players -- wherein they make a shell company called "Google Bermuda Unlimited" the owner of all their intellectual property -- and then lease the rights to this IP to an Irish subsidiary, Google Ireland Holdings, for a very small fee.   Another Google subsidiary, called Google Ireland Ltd is then credited with 88% of Google's overseas revenue and pays taxes of less than 1% because it pays billions back to Google Ireland Holdings in royalty fees.   To avoid Irish taxes on these payments, however, Google pays them all through another shell company, called Google Netherlands Holdings, BV, a company with no employees.  To avoid Dutch taxes, Google Netherlands then sends almost all of its money to Google Ireland Holdings.

This strategy reduces Google's total overseas tax burden (e.g. its contribution to the social safety net, education, healthcare, etc.) to 2.4 percent, according to Bloomberg news, wherein tax rates in the countries affected are between 20 and 35 percent.

So for a hoot, I did a few Google Maps searches to see if I could find Doctopus or gClassfolders in their new home, from Street View:

1) Searched "Google Bermuda Unlimited" -  no map result.

2) Web search on "Google Bermuda Unlimited Street Address" leads to a 2011 siliconrepublic.com article that suggests the Bermudan address consists only of a mailbox held by Conyers Dill & Pearman.

3) A Google Maps search for "Conyers Dill & Pearman Bermuda" points to a hotel, called "The Fairmont Hamilton Princess" which appears to be a gorgeous location.

When I zoomed in, lo and behold I found my beloved, now-too-cool-for-school, 8-armed helper hanging out in the sun with a number of other loosely acquired product-design ideas.

Farewell friend!  I am happy to see your impact has grown.  Serve your shareholders well!

Remember to pick me up a tee shirt at the gift shop!___Pretty gross in my opinion. No, Google has not done anything illegal, but if you consider the amount of good that this tax money could potentially have done, and the number of companies pulling almost exactly the same kind of bullshit, you start to get a bit annoyed.

Remember this story the next time your photocopier-that-hasn't-been-replaced-in-ten-years breaks down or you have kid number 35 added to your public school classroom.

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2014-07-16 00:42:58 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Presenting on Strategic Inquiry, briefly summarized as "a lesson study protocol" for mathematics educators. Join in here in 15 minutes: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/15July2014

Presenting on Strategic Inquiry, briefly summarized as "a lesson study protocol" for mathematics educators. Join in here in 15 minutes: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/15July2014___

2014-06-27 19:43:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

We are still looking for an instructional specialist in math!

Please submit your resume if you are interested. See below for the link.

+New Visions for Public Schools is looking for a math instructional specialist to join our team. See http://www.newvisions.org/pages/instructional-specialist-math for details.___We are still looking for an instructional specialist in math!

Please submit your resume if you are interested. See below for the link.

2014-06-27 19:23:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What is your favourite guide for educators to Google+? I'm putting together a simple social media "getting started" resource for the people at +New Visions for Public Schools.

What is your favourite guide for educators to Google+? I'm putting together a simple social media "getting started" resource for the people at +New Visions for Public Schools.___

2014-06-21 18:17:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+New Visions for Public Schools is looking for a math instructional specialist to join our team. See http://www.newvisions.org/pages/instructional-specialist-math for details.

+New Visions for Public Schools is looking for a math instructional specialist to join our team. See http://www.newvisions.org/pages/instructional-specialist-math for details.___

2014-06-20 21:02:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Interested in joining an amazing team of math instructional specialists at +New Visions for Public Schools  in NYC? Apply here:

Interested in joining an amazing team of math instructional specialists at +New Visions for Public Schools  in NYC? Apply here:___

2014-06-11 16:27:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hi all,

David here. I work as a formative assessment specialist for mathematics, and in our Accessing Algebra Through Inquiry project, we are heavy users of Google Apps for Education, including all of the scripts +Andrew Stillman mentioned in his introduction. I also work at +New Visions for Public Schools with Andrew, although we work in different units.

I'm considering working on building a system where teachers enter assessment information on rich mathematics tasks and are given suggestions for instructional next steps based on the real assessment information they have entered, all based on Google's apps for education (which are FERPA compliant, thankfully, or we wouldn't do this).

Hi all,

David here. I work as a formative assessment specialist for mathematics, and in our Accessing Algebra Through Inquiry project, we are heavy users of Google Apps for Education, including all of the scripts +Andrew Stillman mentioned in his introduction. I also work at +New Visions for Public Schools with Andrew, although we work in different units.

I'm considering working on building a system where teachers enter assessment information on rich mathematics tasks and are given suggestions for instructional next steps based on the real assessment information they have entered, all based on Google's apps for education (which are FERPA compliant, thankfully, or we wouldn't do this).___

2014-06-11 16:24:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is a circle of 346 math educators. If you are interested in following the work of innovative mathematics educators, this circle is for you.

If you are a mathematics educator, and I have not included you in this circle, let me know.

This is a circle of 346 math educators. If you are interested in following the work of innovative mathematics educators, this circle is for you.

If you are a mathematics educator, and I have not included you in this circle, let me know.___

2014-05-15 17:55:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

My friend Jennifer Stillman has some math positions opening up at New Classrooms.

 3 are summer contract jobs:

Math Assessment Intern
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=19

Math Assessment Writer
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=18

Math Content Aligner
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=17

They also have a couple of full-time positions:

Math Curricular and Content Specialist. 
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=21

Director of Instructional Support
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=13

My friend Jennifer Stillman has some math positions opening up at New Classrooms.

 3 are summer contract jobs:

Math Assessment Intern
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=19

Math Assessment Writer
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=18

Math Content Aligner
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=17

They also have a couple of full-time positions:

Math Curricular and Content Specialist. 
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=21

Director of Instructional Support
https://newclassrooms.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=13___

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2014-05-15 17:50:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What is good teaching?

http://davidwees.com/content/what-good-teaching

tl;dr: Good teaching is measured by the movement toward the goals of the teaching, not necessarily by what it looks like.

What is good teaching?

http://davidwees.com/content/what-good-teaching

tl;dr: Good teaching is measured by the movement toward the goals of the teaching, not necessarily by what it looks like.___

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2014-05-15 08:12:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm wondering what +Christopher Danielson's children would make of this spiral. #tmwyk

TRANSITO EN ESPIRAL
de Remedios Varo, 1908-1963___I'm wondering what +Christopher Danielson's children would make of this spiral. #tmwyk

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2014-05-15 07:23:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm currently very interested in teacher inquiry as a better model for professional development for teachers.

1. It is job-embedded and relevant.
2. By studying their own teaching and attempting to improve their effectiveness, it further professionalizes teaching.
3. It is a structure for effective collaboration and leads to fewer "which textbooks do we need next year" meetings.

What is teacher inquiry? See this summary http://www.newvisions.org/blog/entry/david-wees-what-is-teacher-inquiry

I'm currently very interested in teacher inquiry as a better model for professional development for teachers.

1. It is job-embedded and relevant.
2. By studying their own teaching and attempting to improve their effectiveness, it further professionalizes teaching.
3. It is a structure for effective collaboration and leads to fewer "which textbooks do we need next year" meetings.

What is teacher inquiry? See this summary http://www.newvisions.org/blog/entry/david-wees-what-is-teacher-inquiry___

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2014-04-15 01:57:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I like +Kate Nowak's style here. I found her presentation to be interesting, engaging, and useful, and this is also true of this blog post she has written describing her presentation. I hope that the professional development my colleagues and I do with teachers meets some of the criteria she laid out in her presentation for effective professional development, but I think we should have a high bar for our professional learning, otherwise we are just wasting a whole lot of time.

I like +Kate Nowak's style here. I found her presentation to be interesting, engaging, and useful, and this is also true of this blog post she has written describing her presentation. I hope that the professional development my colleagues and I do with teachers meets some of the criteria she laid out in her presentation for effective professional development, but I think we should have a high bar for our professional learning, otherwise we are just wasting a whole lot of time.___

2014-04-09 16:27:02 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Anyone around who can help me test a Hangout? Alternatively, do you know of a simple structure I can use to test it myself?

Anyone around who can help me test a Hangout? Alternatively, do you know of a simple structure I can use to test it myself?___

2014-03-12 11:44:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Kate Nowak has some questions about the Common Core statistics standards. Does anyone who knows statistics more deeply than either care to comment?

Dear Stats-Knowledgeable People:
I'm going to start this thread in the interest of figuring out what is meant by some of the HS-S-IC standards in the Common Core. I have some initial questions, to which I am sure I will have follow-up questions. And making it quasi-public might help others who are struggling with the same things. Please feel free to tag more people.

Q1: S.IC.2 says, “Decide if a specified model is consistent with results from a given data-generating process.” I get what this means, but I don’t get how you would decide it was consistent. How consistent is consistent? Is there some official metric of consistency? Can you suggested pertinent vocabulary words I could look up in a stats textbook?___+Kate Nowak has some questions about the Common Core statistics standards. Does anyone who knows statistics more deeply than either care to comment?

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2014-03-12 11:12:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Interesting stuff, but not one thing that reminds me of the vision of Seymour Papert. Will his vision for kids with computers never come to pass?

Nothing in this talks about empowering learners, or creating communities. Where are the Samba schools?

#envisioning the #future of #education___Interesting stuff, but not one thing that reminds me of the vision of Seymour Papert. Will his vision for kids with computers never come to pass?

Nothing in this talks about empowering learners, or creating communities. Where are the Samba schools?

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2014-03-07 20:17:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Here is a keynote presentation I did in Kelowna on Formative Assessment. I took the audio that I recorded from the live presentation and mixed it with a screen recording of the presentation slides.

Formative Assessment (Kelowna Keynote)

Here is a keynote presentation I did in Kelowna on Formative Assessment. I took the audio that I recorded from the live presentation and mixed it with a screen recording of the presentation slides.

Formative Assessment (Kelowna Keynote)___

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2014-03-04 16:22:49 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a 5 minute presentation I did back in October prior to a panel discussion on whether students can learn mathematical concepts through computer programming.

This is a 5 minute presentation I did back in October prior to a panel discussion on whether students can learn mathematical concepts through computer programming.___

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2014-02-16 19:07:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I look forward to a day when coming out as gay is not seen as an act of bravery in our too-harsh world, but just something you do, probably in your teens, as casually as announcing that you are in love or have an upcoming date. I applaud Ellen for her bravery, but I wish it was not necessary.

I look forward to a day when coming out as gay is not seen as an act of bravery in our too-harsh world, but just something you do, probably in your teens, as casually as announcing that you are in love or have an upcoming date. I applaud Ellen for her bravery, but I wish it was not necessary.___

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2014-01-23 18:57:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hi all,

I'm a formative assessment specialist for New Visions for Public Schools in NYC. I'm part of the Accessing Algebra through Inquiry Project, which has as one of its goals, that teachers will use "rich math tasks" among some other goals. Our objective: change how mathematics is taught in the 27 schools with which we work.

Prior to this, I worked as a learning specialist for a small independent school in Vancouver.

As you can no doubt gather from the two roles I have been involved with, I am very interested in learning. I write about what I am learning about learning, among other topics, here: http://davidwees.com

I'm looking forward to being part of this community.

David

Hi all,

I'm a formative assessment specialist for New Visions for Public Schools in NYC. I'm part of the Accessing Algebra through Inquiry Project, which has as one of its goals, that teachers will use "rich math tasks" among some other goals. Our objective: change how mathematics is taught in the 27 schools with which we work.

Prior to this, I worked as a learning specialist for a small independent school in Vancouver.

As you can no doubt gather from the two roles I have been involved with, I am very interested in learning. I write about what I am learning about learning, among other topics, here: http://davidwees.com

I'm looking forward to being part of this community.

David___

2013-11-23 14:23:56 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Has anyone started learning to code recently? Would you like to share what you've accomplished so far? Maybe ask for some help to keep going?

I'm also wondering if a series of coding challenges might help inspire people to get started learning.

Has anyone started learning to code recently? Would you like to share what you've accomplished so far? Maybe ask for some help to keep going?

I'm also wondering if a series of coding challenges might help inspire people to get started learning.___

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2013-11-11 02:47:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Aside from all of the reasons given below, which mostly ring true for me as well, my original reason for blogging (professionally) was to start building an online portfolio of my work so as to make finding a job in the international circuit easier. I thought that if I could send people to my website and they could see samples of work that I had done, it could help me get a job.

As it turns out, for my current position, this happens to be absolutely true. My boss has repeatedly pointed out that my website is part of the reason they hired me.

Interestingly enough, although I do some work maintaining my website as a portfolio, this is no longer my primary reason for blogging. Now my most important reason for blogging is because I have ideas, and writing down these ideas gets them out of my head.

Aside from all of the reasons given below, which mostly ring true for me as well, my original reason for blogging (professionally) was to start building an online portfolio of my work so as to make finding a job in the international circuit easier. I thought that if I could send people to my website and they could see samples of work that I had done, it could help me get a job.

As it turns out, for my current position, this happens to be absolutely true. My boss has repeatedly pointed out that my website is part of the reason they hired me.

Interestingly enough, although I do some work maintaining my website as a portfolio, this is no longer my primary reason for blogging. Now my most important reason for blogging is because I have ideas, and writing down these ideas gets them out of my head.___

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2013-11-02 21:57:14 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Thank you for sharing this Patrick.

Moving piece from +David Wees, sadly indicative of our times:  "We Are Homeschooling Our Son"___Thank you for sharing this Patrick.

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2013-11-02 21:00:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Presenting on Questions by Students and teachers in 1 minute, and then followed by a bunch of other awesome math educators. Come join us here: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Autumnspecial2013

Presenting on Questions by Students and teachers in 1 minute, and then followed by a bunch of other awesome math educators. Come join us here: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Autumnspecial2013___

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2013-10-31 01:52:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Via +Richard Byrne . Forms+ => extends the capabilities of Google Forms. Have you seen this +Andrew Stillman?

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/10/form-adds-more-flexibility-to-your.html

Via +Richard Byrne . Forms+ => extends the capabilities of Google Forms. Have you seen this +Andrew Stillman?

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/10/form-adds-more-flexibility-to-your.html___

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2013-10-28 02:02:30 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Presentation this Saturday night for @GlobalMathDept on Questions: Teachers & Students. See https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Autumnspecial2013. #mathchat #mathed

Presentation this Saturday night for @GlobalMathDept on Questions: Teachers & Students. See https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Autumnspecial2013. #mathchat #mathed___

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2013-10-27 16:34:55 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sharing some tips on getting started programming in JavaScript:
http://davidwees.com/content/getting-started-programming-javascript

Sharing some tips on getting started programming in JavaScript:
http://davidwees.com/content/getting-started-programming-javascript___

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2013-10-26 03:25:05 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Here are some "getting started" websites for learning how to program in JavaScript.

http://www.codecademy.com/
https://www.khanacademy.org/cs
https://www.codeschool.com/

This is a very useful reference website built by the Mozilla foundation:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript

Here are some "getting started" websites for learning how to program in JavaScript.

http://www.codecademy.com/
https://www.khanacademy.org/cs
https://www.codeschool.com/

This is a very useful reference website built by the Mozilla foundation:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript___

2013-10-26 03:20:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here is a suggestion for people interested in learning programming, and just getting started. Learn JavaScript.

1. Much of the syntax is at least partially transferable to many other languages.
2. You can get started with what you have on your computer now. No compiler, no extra software necessary (although a text editor with code highlighting is super useful).
3. You can put your projects online and share them with other people fairly easily.
4. It supports object based programming. You don't know what this is yet, but trust me, it's useful.
5. It is used all over the place; like Google Apps Scripting, for example.
6. There several website to help you get started, most of which are online.
7. There are literally hundreds of "how to" books on learning to program in JavaScript.

Here is a suggestion for people interested in learning programming, and just getting started. Learn JavaScript.

1. Much of the syntax is at least partially transferable to many other languages.
2. You can get started with what you have on your computer now. No compiler, no extra software necessary (although a text editor with code highlighting is super useful).
3. You can put your projects online and share them with other people fairly easily.
4. It supports object based programming. You don't know what this is yet, but trust me, it's useful.
5. It is used all over the place; like Google Apps Scripting, for example.
6. There several website to help you get started, most of which are online.
7. There are literally hundreds of "how to" books on learning to program in JavaScript.___

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2013-10-26 03:11:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Okay, so this is a brief post to advertise and frame this discussion area: http://davidwees.com/content/so-you-want-learn-program

Let's just get started and see what happens!

Okay, so this is a brief post to advertise and frame this discussion area: http://davidwees.com/content/so-you-want-learn-program

Let's just get started and see what happens!___

2013-10-26 02:13:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Do any of the other moderators for this group object to me adding a "Learn to Program" discussion section to this community?

+Jayme Linton +Roane Beard +Tyler Gayheart +Eric Stevens +Todd Hurst 

Do any of the other moderators for this group object to me adding a "Learn to Program" discussion section to this community?

+Jayme Linton +Roane Beard +Tyler Gayheart +Eric Stevens +Todd Hurst ___

2013-10-26 02:06:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I had some people interested in this when I first suggested the idea a month ago. Here is what I think we need to get started.

1. People who are interested in learning how to program.
2. People who are willing to answer questions and help steer people from #1 in productive directions when necessary.
3. Some online space to help organize all of this.

I am happy to be part of group #2. I think that a section of the #edtech  community on Google+ would satisfy requirement #3. For #2, I would love 20 or 30 people to step up and agree to offer at least some mentorship for this project. As for #1, I think if we build it (and advertise a bit), teachers will come.

I'm wondering how many teachers know how to code well enough to produce an app their students can use.

Maybe we should run some sort of open course for people interested in learning how to code, but who want some peer support in the process?

Thoughts?___I had some people interested in this when I first suggested the idea a month ago. Here is what I think we need to get started.

1. People who are interested in learning how to program.
2. People who are willing to answer questions and help steer people from #1 in productive directions when necessary.
3. Some online space to help organize all of this.

I am happy to be part of group #2. I think that a section of the #edtech  community on Google+ would satisfy requirement #3. For #2, I would love 20 or 30 people to step up and agree to offer at least some mentorship for this project. As for #1, I think if we build it (and advertise a bit), teachers will come.

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2013-10-16 01:49:54 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How would you design webinar software, if you really wanted to improve the learning that happens during webinars?

http://davidwees.com/content/hacking-webinar-format

How would you design webinar software, if you really wanted to improve the learning that happens during webinars?

http://davidwees.com/content/hacking-webinar-format___

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2013-10-13 22:40:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Presenting on Programming in Math in 20 minutes. Join here if you are interested: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/dropin.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=RSCON4Part218 #RSCON4   #CE13   #MATH  #Programming #Education

Presenting on Programming in Math in 20 minutes. Join here if you are interested: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/dropin.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=RSCON4Part218 #RSCON4   #CE13   #MATH  #Programming #Education___

2013-09-24 02:30:02 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I shared these ideas for ways students could use technology in math class. Does anyone have any other ideas they would like to add? http://davidwees.com/content/ways-use-technology-math-class

I shared these ideas for ways students could use technology in math class. Does anyone have any other ideas they would like to add? http://davidwees.com/content/ways-use-technology-math-class___

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2013-09-20 00:56:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Presenting in about 5 minutes on Programming in Math Class. Join here: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/dropin.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=STEMx13Part143 #mathchat   #math   #programming   #STEMxCON   #STEM  

Presenting in about 5 minutes on Programming in Math Class. Join here: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/dropin.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=STEMx13Part143 #mathchat   #math   #programming   #STEMxCON   #STEM  ___

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