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    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Xin- Proposal
      Xin, You did a great job with this. This really jumped out at me: I have dedicated countless hours outside of work to research and study the topic of student engagement, student motivation, adolescent development, and learning theories. I...
      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Xin's weekly breadcrumbs (13)
        This is outstanding: At the start of the year, I would blame a bad lesson on the students and their lack of focus. When I have a bad lesson now, I look for areas of weakness and think of ways to improve the bad lesson.  
        • Gerald Ardito
          Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Final Project
          Vasilios, To be honest, when you first asked if you could construct the final project as a powerpoint, I had some reservations. But now having really reviewed it, I think it was the perfect way for you to organize your thinking and insights. I am...
          • Gerald Ardito
            Gerald Ardito commented on a page titled Usama Tahir-Portfolio ED-631
            Usama, I really love your focus on this process/course being a journey. In addition to the metaphor, it is clear that you have established yourself as a traveler on the way to being an extraordinary teacher. It is great to see how you have...
            • Mike Devlin
              What effect does collaborative group-directed inquiry have on constructivist habits during the inquiry process?
              • Gerald Ardito
                Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Tatyana Jackson Proposal
                Tatyana, Your proposal is clearly thoughtfully prepared and demonstrates that you have begun to integrate the core concepts and theories of this course. I think your arguments would have benefited from more direct citations from the...
                • Gerald Ardito
                  Gerald Ardito commented on the blog So Sorry
                  Tatyana, It was really interesting to read these in one big chunk. I especially liked the annotations/comments you left for yourself.
                  • Gerald Ardito
                    Gerald Ardito commented on the file Backward Design Portfolio
                    Tammy, I was very moved by reading your portfolio. You are so honest and so open -- those qualities clearly serve you well as a teacher. I strongly suggest that you keep this portfolio somewhere handy, and refer to it at least once a year as...
                    • Gerald Ardito
                      Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Bread Crumbs
                      Tammy, I loved reading this. Now I have an image of you as Mary Poppins. My version of this was that I was going to be the "cool uncle."  It has been great watching your growth over your first year of teaching. I look forward to...
                      • Gerald Ardito
                        Gerald Ardito commented on the blog WrappingItUp-School Proposal
                        Sharjana, Your proposal was very thorough and thoughtful, and clearly integrated much of the work for this course. I was especially struck by this: As I went to observe different teachers at our school, I noticed that the more seasoned...
                        • Gerald Ardito
                          Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Final Project: Proposal
                          Ron, This is a very good proposal. It is thoughtful, thorough, and specific. I especially liked how you tried to provide meaningful and achievable solutions to challenges you observe in your school. It will be interesting to see if you get a...
                          • Gerald Ardito
                            Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Rachel's Proposal
                            Rachel, Your proposal did a good job integrating your concerns for your school and its students, what you have been learning in this course and others, and your teaching practice into something that could be of real benefit. I appreciated the...
                            • Gerald Ardito
                              Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Submitting your Final Inquiry Report
                              Sarah, Got it. Thanks.
                              • Sarah McLaughlin
                                Sarah McLaughlin commented on the blog Submitting your Final Inquiry Report
                                Attached...I embedded content and uploaded the file?
                                • Gerald Ardito
                                  Gerald Ardito commented on the blog ED 631 Week 13 - Proposal
                                  Milani, I found myself very, very moved by your proposal. Your clear commitment to the students and trying to clearly articulate a learning environment that would most effectively reach every one of them really resonated with me. It was also...
                                  • Gerald Ardito
                                    Gerald Ardito commented on a page titled ED 631- Putting It All Together Portfolio
                                    Rachel,  You did a terrific job with this. I really liked how you raised some key points here and then linked to the full, breadcrumby discussions. I was particularly struck by this: Teaching is more psychological and anthropological...
                                    • Gerald Ardito
                                      Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Final Post
                                      Colleen, You did an excellent job with this portfolio. It really feels like you have put together a collection of the various conversations with which you have been engaged all semester. There are a few minor mechanical errors in the writing,...
                                      • Louie
                                        Louie commented on the file Trail of Breadcrumbs
                                        Thanks a lot Professor, I’m totally fine with that (and honored).  Have a great summer!  -Louie Fortes 
                                        • Gerald Ardito
                                          Gerald Ardito commented on the file Trail of Breadcrumbs
                                          Louie, This is exemplary work. What I found great was the way you translated your process of learning the core concepts of the course into a pathway for others to follow for themselves. It is beautiful work. With your permission, I plan on...
                                          • Gerald Ardito
                                            Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Jonathan Lustberg-Portfolio ED-631
                                            Jonathan, You have done a terrific job with this portfolio. More importantly, I am thrilled and gratified to know that you found this course to be valuable. You said: Finally, as the semester comes to a conclusion, I look back on how much...