October 2, 2008

Dates: Spring 2009 – opportunity for input

Posted in Business tagged at 3:42 pm by maf

This message applies to most of Cohort 7: Ed.S. students, Interns, M.Ed. students.  It’s a “trial balloon” to test out dates for next semester.

I am anxious to firm up the meeting calendar for next term, as I’m sure most of you are, too.  As the “senior” group, I ask you first to express preferences on dates.

EDIT 7650 (Ed.S.) will meet about 5 times, at 2-3 hours each.  EDIT 7460 (all active interns, whether registered or not) will meet  approximately 4 times, at two hours each.  In these internship meetings, we will likely discuss capstone activities like portfolios, and other events related to graduation, certification, finishing up, and hunting for jobs.  Thus, Ed.S. students will need to set aside most of the day, while M.Ed.s will need to obligate about 2 hours.  I don’t want to talk about exactly which hours just yet, but falling between 9a-3p unless you have other bright ideas.

Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 21 (Ed.S. only), Mar 14, Apr 18

This schedule avoids the Children’s Lit conference Saturday (Mar 7), MLK weekend, and  Bunny Day (Apr 11).  With the exception of Mar 28, all other dates belong to Cohort 8.

I’ll take comments here or via email through early next week.  Speak up – if I don’t hear from you, I’ll assume you are ok with these dates.


July 16, 2008

From Dr. Clinton, re: EDIT 6400

Posted in Business tagged at 6:30 am by maf

This is a straight copy/paste from Dr. Clinton, in response to a query from Brittany about EDIT 6400 texts:

I have good news for you. We will use a couple of texts, but both of them
are free online.

(I may also distribute additional short readings here and there during the

The first text is Dr. Michael Orey’s e-Book that has been developed over
time for, and with, this course. It was recently converted into a Wiki
format. The e-Book is online at:


The second book is edited by Bransford, Brown, and Cocking (1999) and is
called How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School published by
National Academy Press in Washington.

Free online reading of this book, and printable chapters, are available from
the publisher at their web address:


(Note that there are 1999 and 2000 versions of this book. Only the 1999
edition is available in full html chapters. So the 1999 edition is a more
printer-friendly online version, and that is what we will use.)

I hope this helps – and I look forward to meeting you in August!


April 4, 2008

Fall Dates for your Consideration

Posted in Business at 5:54 am by maf

Thinking ahead to Fall 2008:

Most of you will take EDIT 6900 (M.Ed.s) or EDIT 7340 (Ed.S.s). For the moment, I’m scheduled to teach both of those and I am planning accordingly. (You never know how faculty assignments can change, but I’m not aware of any such changes for the moment.)

There are six Saturdays available, if we include Aug 16. Here’s the way it works:

  • Everybody saves the dates (9a-3p) for now.
  • Early in the semester (perhaps on Aug 16) I’ll publish more specific times.
  • Sometimes I will need one class or the other, and other times I will need both classes simultaneously.  Most often, it will work like this: EDIT 6900 first third of the day, EDIT 7340 last third, and overlap in the middle third.
  • There will be significant online work (asynchronous, but not discussion board) because this time frame does not constitute enough “seat time” (2,250 minutes are required).

For right now, the most important thing is to run dates by you. Here they are  – and I will “listen”  to your comments at least through Apr 12.

Aug 16, Sep 13, Sep 27, Oct 11, Nov 1, Nov 15.

Global due date will be Dec 1 for all classes.

We will talk about this, of course, on Apr 12.