Bike Repair


Schwinn Breeze by skvidal on Flickr
Just like at the car mechanic, I feel at the mercy of the bike repair guy. When I bring in my bike for a tune-up, and he brings out some sort of calipers and measures my chain, and announces that I am WAY overdue for a new chain ($15), I have no idea if he is telling the truth. So I tell him that. He recoils and says, “I am NOT a car mechanic. And if it was like that, I would also tell you to get a new this and this and this. And it’s only $15.”
No offense meant to bike repair guys or car repair folks- I am just rather in the dark here. So, I said, “Ok, let’s go with a new chain.”


What’s more important: equity, ethics, or literacy?

This question was recently posed in my online class about online learning.

Of course, the answer is yes. Here’s part of my answer and I think every school district should follow Kent’s example:

I admire Mr. Hall and the Kent School District. They have a multifaceted approach to striving for technology access in their district. These strategies include getting older, but working computers to district households, creating a technology academy with a student body that represents the entire district, creating a Student Technology Advisory Board, partnering with community groups such as the African-American Cultural Center, and engaging the district families with technology training programs (Hall, 2006, p. 16 – 18). The district is casting such a wide net in terms of technology equity, that they are bound to succeed at some level with many constituents. This program is remarkable and other districts should consider emulating it.


Hall, D. (2006). Bridging the gap: Strategies for creating equitable learning
opportunities. Learning & Leading with Technology, 33(7), 15-18.


Blended Learning for Today’s Classroom

If you want practical, down-to-earth, field-tested, user-friendly methods, tips, hints, suggestions, lessons, questions, and ideas about how to incorporate blended learning into your classroom, look No Further than Catlin Tucker’s Blended Learning in Grades 4 – 12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms. Read this book to help you get started. Tucker has answers for every eventuality, examples of resources she actually uses, and clear explanations of how and what to do.

Why should you use blended learning in your classes? If you feel that you have too much to teach and not enough time to teach it, let the internet be an extension of your classroom. If you’re looking to engage your students, try Tucker’s ideas. If you need to differentiate instruction and personalize learning, buy this book.

It’s an easy read chock full of examples, resources, and explanations. Common Core Standards are woven throughout the book. You’ll understand how to blend your classroom using the Common Core Standards.

Ms. Tucker’s benefits of the Blended Learning Model: save time, save money, spend less time grading, spend more time in class doing what you love, increase one-on-one interactions with students, give students opportunities to practices standardized exams online, facilitate group work that works, communicate more effectively with all students, build community and relationships, and have fun.

Who doesn’t want all that?

No more Fresno State Fig Fest

It is a sad day for fig-lovers in the Central Valley! There will no longer be a Fig Fest at Fresno State on a really hot day in August. (I know, redundant) No more boxes of fresh figs to buy and scrumptious fig dishes to taste. But keep your eyes peeled for several other events:

According to one Fig Seller, a lot of figs were sold last night at the Clovis Farmer’s Marker.

And the lucky people in San Diego are getting a Fig Fest- see the link above for details.

Rest assured, we will continue to grow and buy and eat fresh figs, even without the Fresno State Fig Fest.

Figs on a tree

from Jennifer Rafieyan on Flickr (Jennifer-Juniper)

Looking for ways for students to think twice about what they’re posting?

Jo Cool Jo Fool Cybertour: This site would be good for middle school or high school. It gives several examples of what students should and shouldn’t do online and explains why- in the form of an online “fool or cool” slide show/ question format.

Thanks to Charlie Oliver for sharing this resource.