For a teacher, popsicle sticks are a randomization tool. You can write student names on them, stick them in a jar, and then use them to help you, as the teacher, to be unbiased when calling on students or picking a student for a job. Let's not forget that the popsicle sticks are a tool for you as the teacher. We should not confuse a randomization process for choosing engagement as helping to heighten levels of actual engagement.
"Threatening possible engagement is not the same as actually being engaged," said me as a 5th grader.
With a critical eye, look at your classroom instruction. Is there any process in your day that is causing you to inadvertently manifest the above scenario, where compliance is the real goal and possible engagement is used as a threat for compliance? Is this really what you wanted?
Recently, tornados have hit Missouri and wildfires have wreaked havoc in Napa Valley. This last week an Alaskan form of devastation hit my parents' back yard. A moose in rut left its own trail of destruction. Here's an excerpt from my dad's email:
Some bad news. A young, love sick, bull moose has been hanging around the house here. He came in the other night and worked on the swing set. He was back this morning and finished making fire wood out of the swing. He attacked a few other items in the yard and then he went out to your truck and started on it.
I think he has been after the truck before. I could not run him off. He destroyed the canvas covering on the truck, left several scrapes and some dents in the truck. Then he broke the plastic strip between the front bumper and the grill. That will be expensive to repair. Our insurance paid $850 for a repair on a car that your mother hit and broke the same piece.
I brought the truck up to the drive way. I don't wa…
This used to be on my wall when I was in Bering Strait School District as the Distance Learning Facilitator. This was the Student Broadcasting Team event streaming model that we developed back in 2007 and was the one that I used the entire time that I was in BSSD. I still refer back to it today as one of the best models for live broadcasting in rural Alaska. Two things that are missing from the diagram are the DataVideo mixer and the Skype Chat. When we used the DataVideo hardware it went between the “Video Mixer” computer and the Tandberg and was used to connect additional cameras. We also almost always had a Public Skype Chat going for every event. Students moderated the chat. Skype discontinued Public Chats a few years ago, unfortunately.Live event streaming with this setup allowed for a lot of flexibility, lots of camera angles (especially when we added the DataVideo mixer for an additional four video cameras), commentator/interview mics, simultaneous VTC and internet stream…