Turkey Crossing



This is a podcast about education and my attempt to use classroom 2.0 tools in my classroom. I examine topics that often go unmentioned in education classes, professional development, and journals. In this crazy world of NCLB and amazing technologies entering the classroom, this podcast is a reminder that we need to first give children our love, not our thoughts. If you are focused on getting your kids to get higher test scores and learn facts, this is not the podcast for you. If you are focused on building relationships with your students and letting them develop the skills needed to survive in the 21st Century, then take a listen.My Blog and wiki http://www.blogush.edublogs.orghttp://www.edhead.wikispaces.comhttp://www.morecowbell.wikispaces.comClass wiki and Blogwww.collaborationnation.wikispaces.comwww.pbogush.edublogs.orgThe following story captures the spirit of my podcast. I awoke early, as I often did, just before sunrise to walk by the ocean's edge and greet the new day. As I moved through the misty dawn, I focused on a faint, far away motion. I saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on the beach, no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin. As I approached, I sadly realized that the youth was not dancing to the bay, but rather bending to sift through the debris left by the night's tide, stopping now and then to pick up a starfish and then standing, to heave it back into the sea. I asked the youth the purpose of the effort. "The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves," the youth replied. "When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back to the sea." As the youth explained, I surveyed the vast expanse of beach, stretching in both directions beyond my sight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. The hopelessness of the youth's plan became clear to me and I countered, "But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference." The youth paused briefly to consider my words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Turning to me he simply said, "I made a difference to that one." I left the boy and went home, deep in thought of what the boy had said. I returned to the beach and spent the rest of the day helping the boy throw starfish in to the sea....based on the story by Loren Eisley_uacct = "UA-2329378-1";urchinTracker();


  • Ch-ch-ch-changes....and my lack of power.

    Ch-ch-ch-changes....and my lack of power.

    21/09/2007 Duración: 23min

    I am ready to think about changing the education of children beyond my four walls. What caused this change? Take a listen.

  • My Kids first days with wikis and blogs...

    My Kid's first days with wiki's and blogs...

    21/09/2007 Duración: 25min

    This is the first year I started all 100 kids on blogs and wiki's at the same time during the first week of school...how did it go? Take a listen.

  • Convincing the parents that 2.0 is the way to go!

    Convincing the parents that 2.0 is the way to go!

    20/09/2007 Duración: 35min

    I had a meeting during the first week of school to introduce the parents on our team to blogs, wikis, and podcasts. How did it go? Take a listen.

  • First Day of School

    First Day of School

    18/09/2007 Duración: 23min

    The first day of school is a special day for teachers and students. It sets the tone for the year. How do you set the tone on the first day of school? Do you smile and go out of your way to make the kids comfortable? or do you go out of your way to let them know who is in charge and focus on the class rules? After the first day are you kids excited about coming back for another day? or are they just thinking this is going to be another class like all the others. What do you do that is special on the first day of school? If your answer is nothing, then maybe this podcast will give you an idea or two. Come on, if you love your kids, make sure they love your class. Go out of your way to wow them and capture their imagination when their minds are wide open. Keep them open by filling it with wide open thoughts, not boring classroom rituals and overbearing rules. If you kick butt the first day, the kids won't spend the rest of the year kicking yours : )

  • quotThree Questionsquot

    "Three Questions"

    30/08/2007 Duración: 24min

    Today I had tears in my eyes. Wallingford, CT's teacher of the year, Karen Ripa, gave a short presentation to all of the teachers on the eve of the 2007-08 school year. Just when I thought I could not listen to another opening day speaker Karen walked up. She gave a short presentation that include a summary of a story that she reads to her kids based on the story "Three Questions" by Leo Tolstoy, and showed a brief slide show with the song "The Children are Our Future" playing in the background. It caught me off guard. My spirit was moved. I was truly touched and inspired today, and indirectly, so too will be the life of each of my students this year. This podcast is nothing more that a big rambling thank you to Karen.

  • How do you get a lesson to stick?

    How do you get a lesson to stick?

    27/08/2007 Duración: 28min

    How do you get a lesson to stick? I recently read Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. It was the last in the perfect trilogy of books I read this summer which also included The World Is Flat and A Whole New Mind. It is a book on why some ideas die, and others thrive. They explain how to make an idea “stick.” I wrote many notes as I read the book changing the context of their writing to be more in line with helping me plan a lesson rather than a marketing campaign. All of the ideas in the podcast and PowerPoint are from the book. I decided to type them onto a file so that I would not misplace them and that turned into a PowerPoint document. I am going to post the PowerPoint on teachertube.com under the title “How do you get a lesson to stick?” http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ebc05d66a0568a333196 This podcast is simply me reading the PowerPoint presentation. While I don’t consider the PowerPoint done, I know with school starting it is probably as finished as it ever will be and d

  • Give your kids a break!

    Give your kids a break!

    26/08/2007 Duración: 12min

    My brain froze last week while reading a book. I needed a break. I just could not read anymore. I had been researching and reading about the same topic for weeks and I just could not absorb or learn any more new information. It made me stop and reflect on whether or not I sometimes tend to overwork my kids. This year I’m going to make it a point to work “breaks” into our schedule allowing time for the kids to decompress and recharge.

  • Voice Recognition Software

    Voice Recognition Software

    26/08/2007 Duración: 06min

    My fingers are not touching keyboard. I am writing this using the voice recognition software that came with my laptop. I have absolutely no idea how I can use this in my classroom, but I’m sure I will find a way because I think it is pretty darn cool. If you have any ideas, or have used this with your students, please let me know. PBogush@wallingford.k12.ct.us

  • Why ha-ha leads to Ah-ha

    Why ha-ha leads to Ah-ha

    07/08/2007 Duración: 34min

    (INTRO FIXED) What is the most underrated tool in a teacher's repertoire? Humor! It might be the most underused, disrespected, most misunderstood tool a teacher possesses. It might also be one of the most effective and easily taught tools. This podcast takes a serious look at humor and is my attempt to convince someone out there to use humor with kids more often this year. Tell me a joke! If you are reading this I want you to go to the comment section and leave a joke that makes you laugh no matter how many times you hear it. Also, I am very interested in how other people purposely use humor in their classroom. This podcast went a little long so I left out how I implement the humor tool in my room, but please share how you use it!! Thanks for stopping by! Paul

  • Welcome two guests!

    Welcome two guests!

    01/08/2007 Duración: 10min

    I gave my recorder to two teachers who carpool together and had them answer one question. What I learned from their response had nothing to do with their answer to the question...because, and I might have to listen again, they did not really answer it. The question was "What was the most important lesson you have ever learned from your students?" While they stayed on the question for the first minute or two, they quickly went off into another realm. They made connection after connection until they were no longer on the origional topic. Points off? That's what I would do for my kids. Wouldn't you? The next time I get an off topic response from a student I am going to pause and ask them how they got there. Their answer might be a lot deeper, meaningful, and important than the answer that I was expecting. On a piece of paper or during a class conversation you might not get the entire stream of consciousness that led to their answer. You hear the last thought, which doesn't answer the question, but m

  • Why does lecturing sometimes work?

    Why does lecturing sometimes work?

    01/08/2007 Duración: 19min

    Lectures can be very effective...so what do you think about that. At least some can...well at least one or two a year under the right circumstances, or maybe everyday if given by the right person and during the right time and...well...I know that some of my best classes, most memorable classes and teachers, most life changing classes have been lectures. So you can't tell me that lectures don't work. Some do. Why? This podcast was inspired by Ginger Lewen's podcast http://gingerl.podomatic.com/ It has been on my mind for a couple of decades and just when I thought I ended the rambling podcasts, here comes another! Peace everyone! Music by Runaway Hudson...check em' out!

  • Does anyone have the directions for giving directions?

    Does anyone have the directions for giving directions?

    26/07/2007 Duración: 31min

    Do we give kids too many directions? Every year I get a class of kids who seemingly cannot operate without very explicit directions. They need to know where to go, when to go, how much, when to stop, quantity, quality, on and on... They are afraid to try something unless they have very detailed instructions which bring them right from the beginning through to the end product. They do not have any faith in themselves...they do not trust themselves enough to take a risk and be creative and innovate with their own imagination. It is a long and purposeful process I use to get kids to trust themselves enough to explore and take a chance to complete something without explicit directions. It is a magical time of the year when it does happen. Go ahead, let go of your preconceptions about how the end product of an assignment should look and give you kids fewer directions this year . Let them try to come to the end on a path that you did not show them. You never know, they might show you a new way of doing so

  • Connecticuts BEST

    Connecticut's BEST

    24/07/2007 Duración: 04min

    Second year teachers in Connecticut have to pass in a portfolio of a unit they prepared. These are scored from a 1 to a 4. Get a two or higher and you get your certification...score a one and, well.... For the next two weeks I will be scoring social studies portfolios. I need some help trying to figure out what should be the focus of my podcasts during the next two weeks. Are you from out-of-state and want to learn more about the BEST teacher certification program in the world? What would you like me to focus on? What would interest you? Leave the comment here or email at PBogush@wallingford.k12.ct.us Thanks! Music by Runaway Hudson...check em' out!

  • I need your help!!!

    I need your help!!!

    20/07/2007 Duración: 16min

    If you had one hour to convince your school district to allow you to use Classroom 2.0 tools what would you do? I have a meeting with the assistant superintendent in two weeks and have one hour to demonstrate to him that I should be allowed to use 2.0 tools. Since I am so new at this I don’t really have many student examples. My audience will have no prior knowledge of what a wiki is, probably has heard of a podcast and blog but never used or listened to one. The perception in my district is that the internet is full of predators that are coming to get us. I need help planning my presentation. How do I first overcome the fears? What would you do first, second, etc…I will be setting up my agenda on www.morecowbell.wikispaces.com . I will be starting to post some ideas there starting July 21, 2007. Please visit and leave me some suggestions, comments, stats to use, examples of student work, etc… I think it would be super if it could turn into a turnkey site for anyone in my shoes who is looking for h

  • Will more connections outside of the classroom lead to fewer connections inside the classroom?

    Will more connections outside of the classroom lead to fewer connections inside the classroom?

    15/07/2007 Duración: 13min

    In my push to utilize all the classroom 2.0 tools everyday and connect with every part of the globe will I forget to connect with my kids? Will I forget to continue to forge the class bonds that I work very hard to create each year? In this push to connect with the rest of the world I wonder if we are forgetting to first focus on getting the kids to connect with the person next to them. How can a classroom that does not have respect, camaraderie, and love have meaningful relationships and collaboration online? I have been hearing a lot of people say that we should not ban things like myspace because the kids need to learn how to use the social network tools. I think this call might be coming from the teachers of the 2.0 movement that have that spirit in their class that would lead to meaningful "myspace" usage. I am afraid of allowing it on all of the classrooms that do not have good relationships in the classroom and with teachers that do not have any understanding of respect for kids, or are classroom

  • Parent Conferences 2.0 -- Using wikis and Flashmeeting

    Parent Conferences 2.0 -- Using wikis and Flashmeeting

    13/07/2007 Duración: 05min

    Do you think it would be be a good idea to offer parents the chance to have a conference with their child's teacher from the comfort of their own home? Is there a way to have parents sign-up for conferences on our class wiki that would not step on the toes of their privacy? What will a parent conference 2.0 look like? Let me know...seriously...see that word "comments"...click it and just give me a cyberspace thumbs up or down. Music by Derek Miller

  • Daddy I peed! or... What words do you not want to hear while teaching?

    Daddy I peed! or... What words do you not want to hear while teaching?

    12/07/2007 Duración: 10min

    Daddy I peed! Those were the words that inspired this podcast at 2:00 am in a tent on Cape Cod yesterday. They are words that I probably least like to her while camping. What words do you least like to hear in the classroom? Words that let you know you might have a problem or let you know you might have to pause whatever you were planning and go to plan "B." If you are a student listening to this what are the words you least like to hear come out of your teachers mouth? Music by Derek Miller -- check him out!

  • Do you listen to your kids?

    Do you listen to your kids?

    02/07/2007 Duración: 20min

    Students evaluating teachers...sounds scary doesn't it. It can be for many teachers. What if we actually asked kids how we are doing? Why don't all teachers do this? I know that the evaluations I give my kids half-way through the year and again at the end have been some of my most cherished pieces of paper, and well...some of the most eye opening. I have changed and grown an incredible amount based on my students' evaluations. It really does not matter how we felt the year went, what matters most is how it went in the minds of the students. In this podcast I was going to reflect on how I have grown over the years by listening to my kids, but I think I got stuck on those few evaluations from students that thought I was just fair, and the couple of kids evaluations that thought I was m m m m m....miserable.

  • What would be the one thing you would not change about schools? Student Responses.

    What would be the one thing you would not change about schools? Student Responses.

    26/06/2007 Duración: 07min

    Ahhhh...it's over. One more school year ended today. After baking in the 95 degree heat up in the third floor, I think we all left very tired. This is the last podcast in a trilogy inspired by Kevin Honeycutt. If I could do it over again, I would not have tried to record student responses in the ovens we call our classrooms on the last day, but here ya' go.... Opening music from State of Fate

  • If you could change one thing about schools....student responses.

    If you could change one thing about schools....student responses.

    23/06/2007 Duración: 12min

    Recently I responded to one of Kevin Honneycutt's Driving Questions podcast questions "What is one thing you would change about schools?" I then wondered what would the kids say? So I handed over the microphone and recorder to eight students and sent them up to lunch. Here is what they came back with. Your thoughts?

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