Taking Stock of Another Week with SEACCRs

Image: Wonder Lake - Mount McKinley National Park

Wonder Lake – Mount McKinley National Park – cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo by Gregory “Greg” Smith

In honor of my Alaskan SEACCR colleagues, the reflection in this photograph seemed fitting. Really quite a beautiful image and landscape. I hope to see some of the Alaskan landscape in person at some point. Until then, I will have settle for arresting secondhand glimpses.

Initial Engagement

Despite delays in Week 2, I have been trying to play a bit of catch-up. I felt like I had a pretty strong opening SEACCR week only to run into a few obstacles which I mentioned in a previous post. Plus, I felt like it was always going to take me a bit longer to fashion a research question. In may respects, I am still getting to know my students, which definitely impacted where I thought I might spend some time sharpening focus.

In terms of contributing to others learning, my contributions were split this week. I jumped into the Twitter chat on Tuesday, which was very warm and inviting with a group not so large as to completely become lost in the flow.

Tweets of a #SEACCR – Week 2

  1. I am with @kl_jones11 on this one. I always have to feel and think my way through everything. not sure anyone else interested #seaccr
  1. Responding the idea of collaborating with a research partner. I have always liked the idea but never been able to pull it off successfully.
  1. #seaccr @aqavzik The writers of “Talking in Class” are all George Hillocks acolytes & he rocks
  1. While I haven’t read this particular title, I have read others from the team of people that wrote Talking in Class. This book seemed on the mark with Amber’s interests. I definitely recommend the authors.
  1. @akh003 #seaccr Thank you, I will look at it right after our twitter session is over.
  1. @aqavzik You bet. You also might want to check out something like discssion protocols. Here’s one source nsrfharmony.org/protocols.html #seaccr
  1. My thinking here was that in possibly using discussion protocols, Amber might be able to elicit more conversation between her students, since protocols offer a bit more structure and expectation.
  1. Need to say, read #seaccr Gorman piece today on literacy All about reading. Where is the writing? How can one be taught w/out other?
  1. My #seaccr AC will definitely involve teaching writing in some fashion
  1. This was a preview of where I was angling for my action research question for the course.
  1. #seaccr Do I have to sacrifice what i feel my class needs just to collaborate?
  2. @BerrysBest That would seem rather silly wouldn’t it? #seaccr
  1. @BerrysBest #seaccr no way. If you don’t want to collaborate it could be that you don’t have someone with the same goals as you.
  1. @BerrysBest I didn’t think it was mandatory for #seaccr but I am not in AK
  1. One of the cool aspects of a Twitter chat is when actual conversation happens, which can be difficult when the stream is active and heavy. Still, this was another quick exchange in hopes of helping.
  1. @ak_leeg Struggling to put comments on blogs. I write them but they don’t save. Any tips? #seaccr
  1. @lgbanner @ak_leeg Pick one thing that you think is the best element and explain why out selected it. Then ask a question #seaccr
  1. @lgbanner @ak_leeg Some of that might be the blog set-up. Make sure you are logged into your blog platform. WIll auto authenticate #seaccr
  1. @BarbraDonachy @lgbanner @ak_leeg If you are logged into Google, should be less problems #seaccr
  1. @lgbanner @ak_leeg Blogspot always gives me trouble. Is it blogspot? #seaccr
  1. @lgbanner #seaccr if you download Chrome, and you log into it – with your google info – then you can comment more easily on blogs
  1. RT @lgbanner: @akh003 @BarbraDonachy @ak_leeg I’ll try google this week. My problem is trying to comment on other people’s blogs. #seaccr
  1. This is kind of a fascinating exchange that reveals how easily miscommunication can happen in 140 characters or less. I jumped in to try and assist. Then, I completely misunderstood the original question. Fortunately, things were clarified and the exchange helped more than one person.

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Other Interactions

From there, the week got a little pear-shaped and I was chasing until Sunday. As this third week started I have tried to go back and comment on some classmates’ blogs, which is proving a lot easier when people use WordPress, instead of Blogger. For some reason the Blogger sites are lot more fickle with the commenting. Still, I try to reach out to three or four people each week

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