09 February 2011

an effective post--a belated project


you're right! 

i am incredibly behind in the kick start your blogging activities.  

but i haven't given up yet.

one of the choices for activity 2 was to post a link to an effective blog post .  i probably liked tracy watanabe's post  so much because i have been spending a good chunk of time pondering "projects."  i am presently working as a paraprofessional in middle school inclusion classes - remedial math, social studies, remedial ell, and science. 

i have come to the realization that assigned projects are often a matter of copying down information (hopefully summarized in the students' own words).  often times the projects are colorful and full of facts and details - they look neat, pretty, and organized.

 unfortunately, i have been part of too many conversations w/students where it has become obvious that the they really do not have a firm understanding of the material, concepts and how/why this information can be used or applied in life-beyond-the-classroom.

tracy's blog was effective for a number of reasons:

  • white space-making it easy to read
  • sub-titles-letting the rushed and/or tired reader get ready for the next bit of thinking (also making it easier to go back and find a previously read section)
  • real-world guiding questions for evaluating assignments
  • links to other resources
  • graphics-help link the written word to concepts (also helps some of us with recall)

next time i'm asked for feedback on an activity, i'll have someplace to start my thoughts.

~striving to be a life-long learner!


  1. I am new to blogging, so your post has been very helpful as feedback. Thank you.

    I like the clean look of your blog. It gives a hip sophisticated impression. Nicely done.

  2. It is great that you are still working through the blogging challenge. It is never too late to complete. Thanks for sharing what you consider to be an effective blog post, with a great reflection.