May 25, 2012

June’s photoblog

by intro2ed

Just wanted to include a quick link to fellow Swat alum June’s photoblog! June is teaching in China and documenting her experiences.

May 13, 2012

A Cursory Postmortem of the Satellite Distance Education Project in Rural Ankang

by brachbach

Around the world, governments and NGOs like to give vast amounts of hardware to schools. Citizens and donors like to hear how many computers they have helped get to kids. Unfortunately, these projects are often undertaken with far too little attention to how the equipment will actually be used. Such seems to be the case with the deployment of satellite distance education in rural China.

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May 6, 2012

What I love about Fish

by wltreece

About two months ago I started doing one-on-one literacy tutoring with a first-grader just progressing out of the non-reader stage.

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May 1, 2012

Once Again, this Time with Computers: Delivering the Same Old Pedagogy with New Technology in Rural Chinese Schools

by brachbach

One of the great tropes in technology for education is the techno-utopia: drop in the computers, and pedagogy will magically become progressive overnight, creating classrooms full of 21st-century learners prepared to work in the knowledge economy. Another is the techno-flub: deliver a bunch of computers without any integration into existing curriculum, tech support, or teacher training, and watch them gather dust. But how about this reality: add in the computers and get something that looks very much like preexisting pedagogy, just a little flashier and more efficient.

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March 27, 2012

The Real World

by SarahRook

Apologies for disappearing for months! Here is my current dilemma, in all its glory. Continue reading

March 18, 2012

Spaced Repetition Software: Beyond Rote vs. Progressive

by brachbach

Flashcard software programmed with memory algorithms is a student-centered way to learn essential basic facts.

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February 21, 2012

In which I teach gym and meet kids

by wltreece

Last week the kids had half days, and instead of my standard hour of tutoring, I led kids in various after-school activities for six hours straight for two days last week. Teaching elementary PE isn’t something I expected to do when I signed up for this job – or really ever.

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February 6, 2012

Life as a Beauvoir Associate Teacher

by Jon Kwan

My name is Mr. Kwan. I used to be called JKwan all throughout high school and college. I studied philosophy at Swarthmore. Now, I’m a 3rd grade Associate Teacher at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. Read: Associate, not Assistant. Supposedly that difference matters. My Directing Teacher and I are responsible for the future salary size ( of 21 adorable and demanding 8 and 9 year olds.

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January 30, 2012

Building Classroom After Classroom of Freedom Fighters

by ashiat

January 30, 2012 marks my first official day as student teacher in a Providence middle school. Amidst the butterflies about how I’m going to get a bunch of twelve-year-olds on my side, this word called ‘stance’ also keeps floating around in my brain.

What’s my stance as a teacher? What do I believe are the really essential aspects of good education? How will I make these essential aspects accessible to students? Especially as a History teacher, what do I believe about all the buzz words that would turn a spark on in any education buff – truth, objectivity, facts? How will I walk that thin line between acknowledging my biases and teaching them?

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January 23, 2012

An Unsent Letter

by thesignifier

Dear 学生,

First, I want to apologize: sorry I’m not sorry. Continue reading