Learning assessment, Finnish style

I am trying to find new, innovative, and useful models for assessing higher learning in student work.  I also seek formative assessment through self-reflection upon my own performance as a teacher-facilitator. Five purposes of mathematics assessment have been outlined by Kulm (1994) as the following: improving instruction and learning, evaluating student progress, providing feedback forContinue reading “Learning assessment, Finnish style”

Spicy-hot Thai Isan food near the University

Isan food comes from NE Thailand.  I am so glad there is a great place to enjoy super spicy larb kai and other larbs right across the street from the Ramkhamhaeng University in central Bangkok where I have been fortunate to teach for one month each year! https://www.eatingthaifood.com/isaan-food-ramkhamhaeng/ A central Bangkok add-on to an ongoingContinue reading “Spicy-hot Thai Isan food near the University”

A Beginner’s Mentality in Teaching

I am teaching a short term course for South Bay Adult School in Manhattan Beach, California, Beginning Screenplay Writing, for the next four weeks.  The course website gives an overview of the course content and approach.  I will apply this same model when I go to teach in Karachi, Bangkok, and Shanghai.  Always having aContinue reading “A Beginner’s Mentality in Teaching”

Wisely and earnestly: I keep trying to remember this idea

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. – Buddha’s Wise Words that I emulate to the best of my ability.

Why do people read?

I assume the most basic explanation or response to the question: why do people read? is that reading is a likable activity for the most part.  It yields good results.  But to question, Why do people read, wondering about reading and deeper learning by students from a critical perspective–this is a personal effort to improveContinue reading “Why do people read?”

Transmedia Storytelling

I am finding opportunities and work in a new field of teaching (new, for myself)—Transmedia Storytelling.  I am supposed to teach this subject so it’s a good time to define what transmedia storytelling is, and how students can learn from it.  I found this good article that helps as an introduction.  I am looking forwardContinue reading “Transmedia Storytelling”

Malaria Info by Country

I’m planning for upcoming trips to Karachi Pakistan, Shanghai, Bangkok and farming areas in central Thailand, and the Philippines in the southern areas of Siquijor and Bukidnon, at least.  Looks like I’ll be taking CHLOROQUINE in the foreseeable future.  I must avoid malaria (and dengue) at all costs without going paranoid.  I must do moreContinue reading “Malaria Info by Country”

Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh

In Place of Other Grains: Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh Millet is capable of doing the job of pretty much any other grain. For example, tabbouleh is usually made with bulgur but a gluten-free version can be made with millet. It’s delicious by itself or served with your favorite Mediterranean dishes. The different colored vegetables give itContinue reading “Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh”

Labor exploitation in Palos Verdes Estates: Where is a Union when you need one?

A revolving door is a common phrase to signify a repeating pattern of random hiring and firing of workers. Oftentimes a revolving door is enshrouded in secrecy and all kinds of unfairness.  I am referring specifically to the problems facing a nonunion high school baseball coach at Palos Verdes High.  That coach is facing the revolvingContinue reading “Labor exploitation in Palos Verdes Estates: Where is a Union when you need one?”

Online marketing an independent documentary

This website is a very good example for students of independent filmmaking as a well-done example of online marketing and promotion. http://www.theentertainersmovie.com/ I would like to know more about the ragtime style of piano-playing after seeing the various clips.  I love what the left hand is doing with those amazing bass lines.

The beginning of the story

This is a very useful video by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) about the struggle and importance of the story’s beginning–creating the foundation for the rest of the story.  I am very interested in the experience of writing and developing a story, asking myself, what does it feel like to write?  Writing is purely mechanicalContinue reading “The beginning of the story”

Bangkok, Museum of Floral Culture

    For future reference in Bangkok: Museum of Floral Culture This is one of Bangkok’s gorgeous surprises. The creation of Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul, the museum is for flower and nature lovers and those with an interest in Thai flower culture. It features exhibits of important floral cultures from civilizations across Asia suchContinue reading “Bangkok, Museum of Floral Culture”

Tape is gone, but it lives on!

A useful writing that explains the absence of audio tape stock.  CLICK HERE “Recording on tape enforces a musical process, McTear explains. Band members must play together, recording all at once, instead of editing and manipulating sounds so perfectly that they’re perfectly boring.”  I love this approach to musicianship and recording arts. The reel storyContinue reading “Tape is gone, but it lives on!”

A Bloom Refresher

I use Bloom’s Taxonomy for the benefit of students in my classes. I don’t know why the Taxonomy that Bloom et al developed seems to be kept in secret from students? Tell me why so few students are acquainted with Bloom et al? I share the Taxonomy with my students and encourage them to applyContinue reading “A Bloom Refresher”

TV Program Production in Bangkok

This is Project 1 for my class in TV Program Production at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok.  I think it’s unique and useful that students are asked to apply their creative and technical skills in digital media production for the benefit of a NGO in Bangkok.  Nice synergy with the integration of theory and practice, applicationContinue reading “TV Program Production in Bangkok”

Creative ESL for K-12?

How do I introduce K-12 ESL students from South Korea and beyond to history and context while staying nearby to storytelling and creative performance? We’ve been reciting and reflecting upon some of Aesop’s fables but it might be useful to try basic Shakespeare.  It has been a nice journey so far so let’s probe deeper,Continue reading “Creative ESL for K-12?”