Wednesday, January 21, 2009

AWNM 3 Symphony

Mike Porter: Mike is the Assistant Director of Technology for Littleton Public Schools. He has a Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology and has co-taught graduate classes at the University of Colorado, Denver, for Leadership for Technology Integration. He is a former Language Arts classroom teacher. Mike is also the parent of two Littleton Public School students.

Robin Ellis: is an Instructional Technology Specialist and Classrooms for the Future Coach in the Quakertown Community School District in Quakertown, PA where she works with teachers and students create meaningful collaborative connections into their learning.

1 comment:

kylees said...

In my opinion, I think it is sometimes the bigger picture that I see first. I don’t always start with the details and form them into the whole thing. It takes me longer to notice the details. For example, people’s faces show up as the whole thing to me first. After a while I start to really pay attention the details of their eyes and other features. So in a way, I feel kind of opposite to symphony, or how I understood symphony.
Also, I think that symphony was kind of redundant. I feel like it said a lot of the same things that the other chapters said. Daniel Pink was always saying stuff like “As I said in Chapter 3, and 4, and 5, and 1000, and on and on and on.” I didn’t see a whole lot of new points, just him referring back to other points he had already made. That is just how I felt as I was reading the chapter and it got kind of boring.
I am not really sure how the discussion got to the whole topic about the grades and homework, but I like the idea that people who do not learn the same should not be graded the same. In a perfect world, teachers would be inside a person’s head and know how hard they are trying and what is holding them back, whether it is something that they just do not understand or even an issue outside of school distracting them. But realistically, how would teachers grade for effort? Sometimes students really are trying even if they do not seem like it. It is an awesome idea, but I don’t see how it would really work.