2018-11-05 STEAMLab_wk12 pressure_12_steam-lab

Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning

Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning The original idea was to post at the end of every week something with much more reflection and thoughtfulness than my previous daily social media posts that I had done over the past two-years. I was able to keep to that schedule for the first eight-weeks or so, but have faltered and failed since then. I got very … Continue reading Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning

Year3-Week8: “Classroom Management”

Year3-Week8: “Classroom Management” The key to school/student/learning success is student engagement by 24-years experience in the classroom I should have known that “classroom management” could be a problem for me going all the way back to when I was doing observations/volunteer work as part of my teacher training program back in the early 1990s. I remember it differently, having just looked at the short note … Continue reading Year3-Week8: “Classroom Management”

2018-09-24 STEAMLab_wk07 teacher-training

Year3-Week7: Course Adjustments

Year3-Week7: Course Adjustments I’ve gone on record saying that you make (teaching) plans so that you can pivot and change them based on the circumstances. This was that kind of week. For the past couple weeks I had been running the ragged edge trying to roll out the three thematic curriculum programs for my six grade levels and getting this year’s robotics team up and … Continue reading Year3-Week7: Course Adjustments

Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial

Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial “No plan survives contact with the enemy,” Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, German Field Marshal I think I scared myself last week when posited the difficulty of teaching a single subject across six grade levels much less five subject areas across said six grade levels. Oops. I feel like Year One had been somewhat torpedoed because … Continue reading Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial

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Blog Reunification/Relaunch as joebustillos.com

Blog Reunification/Relaunch as joebustillos.com I used to think that it was a problem that I could never narrow down my writing or my blog posts to one subject. I mean, I know that I cringe when the tech podcasters I follow venture into areas outside their expertise. Alas, having experimented with separating my many interests into separate blogs, I find treating these things as separate … Continue reading Blog Reunification/Relaunch as joebustillos.com

We’re Back… Second Half of the School Year Adjustments

Back when the Washington Redskins were winning Super Bowls (circa 1991), one was always wise to be aware of coach Joe Gibbs’ incredible halftime readjustments where they’d take what they learned in the first half and crush the opposing team in the second half. Now that the first half of the school year has passed I wish that I could say my break was spent … Continue reading We’re Back… Second Half of the School Year Adjustments

2017-11-15 STEAMLab before class waiting for students

Thoughts from the “Mountain” – My Kingdom for A Single Grade Level

Thoughts from the “Mountain” – My Kingdom for A Single Grade Level Is it a bad sign that after 18-years as a teacher in an ongoing series of “Specialist” positions that I’m thinking about the virtues of having a single grade level (aka, my own class)? It must be this cold/sore throat that I’m attempting to fight off… in my weakened state and all. I … Continue reading Thoughts from the “Mountain” – My Kingdom for A Single Grade Level

Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Nothing will shake out the bugs and defects in anything quite like exposure to the energy and intensity of elementary students. I’ve seen nicely manufactured kid-friendly robots happily fail to drive forward after only two-weeks of exposure to elementary students. And we’re not talking about driving them off tables or running them into walls or any other forms of robot/technology abuse. Just the normal-but-intense usage … Continue reading Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Spelling Out a Few Things

DailyRandomShit for 2016-06-08 I don’t exactly agree with every point of this essay, but LaMonte M. Fowler pretty much spells out many of my thoughts… One of my biggest feelings is that if your largest effort is on complaining and/or blaming others and not in finding solutions I’m pretty much done with all of the Internet whining. Thank you very much. I’m generally willing to … Continue reading Spelling Out a Few Things