Monday, October 25, 2010

The Growing Gap

The Earth is a dynamic, changing planet, capable of supporting life, and adjusting regularly to its inhabitants. The Earth is synonomous with our "Digital Natives," they were born into this world that changes rapidly, whether from human interaction or just because she is Mother Earth.

Other inhabitants, non-"Digital Natives" run the risk of becoming cold, stagnant, and unchanging like our Moon. It has never supported life, the surface is covered by scars that were caused by events that it could not defend against (unlike our Mother Earth, which has an atmosphere, the Moon is unprotected). The non-"Digital Natives" of the Moon are also slowly orbiting further and further away from Mother Earth.

It's time for the Moon to catch up with Mother Earth... and time for the non-Natives to catch up with the Natives.

Summary of 1st Reading

Global Awareness summary- the author has done a tremendous amount of research/interviewing business leaders and asking them what they want in an employee. The leaders have said they want individuals to be able to ask questions, solve problems, improve the business, and communicate with the world. They also want the students to be able to address global issues.

My Quote: page 26- Mike Summers, vp of Global Talent Management at Dell Computers- "Students have a naivete about how work gets done in the corporate environment. They have a predisposition toward believing that everything is clearly outlined, and then people give directions, and then other people execute until there's a new set of directions. They don't understand the complexities of an organization."

My thoughts- This book was not my first choice (not even my third - but Borders had it) so I probably came in with a bad attitude. But I wanted to get started right away. Then when the second page referred to the book "The World is Flat" I rolled my eyes. I have heard one too many speeches about how we are compared to Japan, India, China etc. Japan students go to school literally year round, Germany places their students into tracks and test the best ones. We are accountable for every child every time. Which we should be- but don't compare us to those who don't. My other thought on this book. Where is the question to the business people- what are you doing to help the schools. Do you have mentoring programs,volunteer at our schools, or aid in the financial way? What are they doing? The teachers today have a very hard job. We are the first generation to be responsible for global awareness/world communication. How do we do it with budget cuts, computers that do not work, and NCLB scores threatening us? When does the "real world" step in and say how can we help?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book Cover

This image struck me on various levels when looking for something that would signify the 'achievement gap'. First, as a teacher, I see my role as a balancing act when preparing lessons for my students. I need to be able to instruct in a way that the standards our not only met but mastered by the students. I also need to make my lessons relevant to the students of today.
Finally, I see my students, as far as their achievement, balancing between creating a bridge one way, and slipping farther away from others if it falls the other.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Cover

I chose this image to represent the frustration that many students face when trying to acquire new knowledge with the old way of teaching. They see a mountain of knowledge in front of them, and they may feel overwhelmed and lost in the information-no connections are there. Our job is to try and use technology, along with meaningful information, to try and get them to take that step. I also chose this image because it demonstrates the importance of using problem solving, and it represents individuality. Not all students are going to reach the top of the mountain the same way. Some may build a ladder, and others may fly.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Bridge' the Gap Book Cover

I chose this image to represent the global achievement gap. The river represents the obstacles that students and teachers both experience. The bridge is the voice of optimism in the picture, that we will be able to find a solution to the problems we currently face and will be able to 'bridge' the gap.
The picture on the book cover is depictive of an old fashioned classroom. I believe the publisher chose this picture because the gap exists because the students we teach today are out of place in this type of classroom. The picture appealed to me because of the old fashioned desks and the papers flying off the desks. I imagine the students being frustrated with this style of learning, feeling out of place, yet unable to remedy their situation. As educators we have the challenge of transforming the way we teach in this age.

Posting Covers

Oh boy- once again I am lost in this class. Does anyone know where to post my cover? Here it is I am sorry if it is not in the correct spot. I am also apolgizing in advance for being the first super summary post and I do not know what I am doing. thanks Danielle Hunt.

Welcome to Literature Circle Fifteen!

Your Super Summarizer schedule is as follows:

Section One--Due October 28, Danielle Hunt
Section Two--Due November 4, Susan Roth
Section Three--Due November 11, Wendy Larson
Section Four--Due November 18, Sheridan Hansen
Section Five--Due December 2, Dave Schmidt
Section Six--Due December 9, Meagan Schlecht