Friday, December 11, 2009

PLN 20

In the article, “32 boys and me: Tales from the all boys class” by Anne Smith, she talked about how her all boys class and the different adjustments that she has had to make. She talked about how the boy’s grades were not good because people weren’t turning things in and about how they were some of the lowest she has ever seen. This matters because it is not the teacher’s fault that this is happening. The teacher is teaching fine it is the students that need to step up and get there work turned in. It also talked about the “No D policy.” This is a policy that is supposed to help kids have more motivation to get their grades up. This matters because now that the boys will not have an opportunity to pass with a D it will give them more motivation to keep their grades up in the first place. “32 boys and me: Tales from the all boys class,” mattered a lot because it showed the difficulties of having an all boys class.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

PLN 22

In the article “Put forth our best writing selves,” by Douglas Hesse he talks about the possibilities of texting and using Twitter and how it could either be the death of writing or make it better. This matters because for the future generations of America writing may either be almost completely ruled out of school or one of the most important subjects. If Twitter and texting improve writing then it could mean better writing in schools. It also could mean better writing for younger kids because they would enjoy writing on the computer, blogging, and texting. So it could help future generations get into writing easier then pencil and pepper. The article “Put forth our best writing selves,” by Douglas Hesse matters because it is important that writing is still a big part of education in the future.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

PLN 12

In the article “Footprints in the Digital Age,” by Will Richardson it talks about how young kids are progressing in technology very fast and how writing a blog or posting a picture is not easy to erase and will stick with a person unlike writing on paper.
In the article, Will Richardson talked about how much young kids are progressing with technology. It said that young kids are doing many things online that most adults do not know how to do. This matters very much because it shows that the next generations will be very technologically advanced but they might not be as educationally advanced. They may read one book a year and read thousands of web pages a year. It also talked about what someone does on the internet could affect their future and their job options. It said that if an educational leader such as a teacher or administrator Googles the student and something bad comes up then it is possible that they may not be wanted in the school. What does this mean for students in the future? It matters because they could not get as good a job or not get into a college that they want.
The article “Footprints in a Digital Age” matters especially for young people in the future because what they do on the internet will be important for jobs and schools in their future.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

pln 14

In the article “Rigor Redefined,” by Tony Wagner, there were a lot of things that mattered such as what businesses expect from young people wanting to work there and if schools are doing enough to prepare students for the 21st century.
Clay Parker, the president of Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards said that he looked for people who asked good questions and engaged in good discussions. This matters in students lives today for several reasons, one being that in order to work well with others and get curtain jobs done people need to be able to have good conversation. Another being, people have to be able to ask questions when they need help to show that they are thinking about what they are doing. It said that in order for students to succeed they need to master seven things, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leadership, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. Basically what students need to do to succeed in business is learn to do all of these things themselves and if they can they will do better in business. Tony Wagner also stated that classes that are just being fed the answers are not forced to think about what they have to do to succeed in the subject while classes that the teacher makes them think and engage the students do much better. These things matter for success because the classes that are actually engaging in activities and being forced to work and solve succeed much better then those classes that don’t.
The article, “Rigor Redefined,” matters because it talks about how to succeed in the 21st century.

pln 15

In the article, “Our Googley advice to students: Major in learning,” there was a lot of advice on how people learn and there were a lot of good points in it such as people’s communications skills and willingness to learn.
There were many things in the article that mattered. For instance, the way people communicate what they learn is important because that way it shows that they have learned and that they understand it. It also talked about people’s willingness to try out new things. It said that people need to be willing to accept evidence that they need to learn even if they don’t like it. Also, it said that team work is important so that team members perform up to team expectations. These things are important for any type of business because without them the business would not succeed. Also, it said, taking challenging courses is good in school because of the need for reasoning remains constant. This matters for people in school because in order for people to learn more and succeed in school it is important that people continue to challenge their selves.
The article, “Our Googley advice to students: Major in learning,” mattered a lot because it gives advice to students and business men of all ages on how to succeed in learning.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I feel that I do much better when I can write with a pen instead of on the computer because it is easier. I feel like there are too many ways to lose your work, there are a lot of ways to make mistakes, and if someone does not know where all the keys are or where certain keys are then it could be even worse for them. I think that writing with pen is much better. You have to do more drafts with pen but I still think it gets the job done better. I know that with me I am much better at writing a paragraph with a pen than I am when using a computer. You cannot erase with pen like you can on a computer and it is not as easy to read when you write it with pen but I still think it is better.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Women raise bar at colleges thesis

In the article “Women raise bar at Colleges” by Tamar Lewin, it says how women enrollment rates are higher compared to men going to college and what the colleges are doing to change that.