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  • Reform or Transform: What is the vision of UDL?

    Charles Rathbone on UDL@UVM Blog
    Wil Richardson is one of my favorite bloggers.  He’s a 2o year veteran teacher who now oversees instructional technology and communications at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ.  He’s my favorite visionary these days on all things learning. In this reflection , he draws attention to the NYTimes magazine article this past…[Read more]
    Posted September 17, 2010.
  • Observations for Doing Cooperative Learning in Higher Ed Classrooms

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    Charles Rathbone on UDL@UVM Blog
    David and Roger Johnson, one a counselor educator, one a special educator, set out in the early 1970s to define and refine the successful practice called cooperative learning .  Embraced by special educators, cooperative learning as a task structure became a major tool to achieve the integration of students receiving special education services…[Read more]
    Posted September 01, 2010.
  • Expectation States Theory Steps

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Expectations States Theory Berger, Joseph, Bernard P. Cohen, and Morris Zelditch. 1972. Cohen, E., 1994 (p.34) 1. Status Characteristics “They’re Everywhere!” 2. Task Appears 3. Activation of Expectations Resulting in Status Order Effects SS=SA+SP 4. Behavior Results Unequal Talking and Working Together Unequal Opportunities To Learn Structures…[Read more]
    Posted December 29, 2008.
  • A Brief Synopsis of Complex Instruction

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    A Primer To Expectation States Theory Senior Seminar C. Rathbone 3/10/08 In normal, everyday, regular life, we judge the world around us by they way we’ve been taught to judge the world around us. Every one of us has a normative reference group in our head. This is a group whose behavior and actions in all [...]
    Posted December 29, 2008.
  • Dewey's Wisdom

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    John Dewey These are a series of quotes I’ve collected from three of Dewey’s works, two very well known, one more obscure. Collectively, they capture an essence of what this man’s thinking was all about. (d&e) Democracy and Education, 1925 (e&e) Experience and Education, 1928 (sit) Schools of Tomorrow, 1915 *1. Social control of individuals rests…[Read more]
    Posted August 31, 2008.
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching in a Standards-Obsessed Environment

    Interdisciplinary Teaching in a Standards-Obsessed Environment
    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Our internship supervisors have been meeting to create a more rational explanation for Unit Plan expectations. Of course our schema for the abstractions of essential questions, big ideas, topics, themes, disciplines, assessments, grade level equivalents, etc. (ad nauseum?) crashed together in a delightfully challenging mix. Here’s one big picture…[Read more]
    Posted December 19, 2007.
  • A Blast From The Past: Ray, Jerry, and Fats

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Sent to me my an old friend. You gotta hear it to believe it! The video was made in 1986 at a New Orleans nightclub. Included in the group are Rod Stewart, Rod Wood from the Stones, and Phil Shaffer, producer. Have fun. If you don’t start groovin’ with this, I would definitely recommend motion [...]
    Posted November 17, 2007.
  • Not Having Enough...Teaching Kids Across The Economic Chasm

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    November’s Teaching Tolerance newsletter is powerful with respect to working with kids whose families can’t “get ahead.” After seeing on the news the other night that 93+% of children attending public school in Louisiana are under federal poverty guidelines, this article takes on special significance. Why don’t we get angrier about the state of…[Read more]
    Posted November 06, 2007.
  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Dewey

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Dewey
    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Dewey’s way of placing human activity at the center of his theorizing has always been inspirational to me. I assembled a list of quotes that I sometimes have students read when we visit his memorial at UVM. They continue to ring so true. Here they are, in honor of his birthday, October 20, 1859. Burlington, [...]
    Posted October 12, 2007.
  • Podcasting for Learning

    Podcasting for Learning
    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Students Thinking I felt crummy about the sharing I’d done at the faculty workshop. Asked to present my work with Podcasting, I told my interested colleagues that I was a “sometimes user” of the technology. Why sometimes? Well, I needed to be convinced that the work that went into creating a podcast was worth the effort. [...]
    Posted October 03, 2007.
  • Podcast Sharing

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    I’ve been asked to share my humble attempts at Podcasting during a session at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Univ. of Vermont. Here’s my outline for the event. Sharing Podcasting C. Rathbone CTL 8-07-42 1. not a Podcaster…can see its benefits…haven’t gotten there yet not really sure how to manage the complexity of it realize this is [...]
    Posted August 07, 2007.
  • Jeff Chang's Reflections on Abandonment and My Reflections on Burlington's Poor

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Hip-hop shows how deeply the last thirty years of American history have been affected by the politics of abandonment. These inner cities where hip-hop took root were abandoned by government, business, and frankly, the white middle class. What comes out of that is this intense mass longing to create history, to paraphrase Don Delillo, a deep [...]
    Posted July 21, 2007.
  • Remembering Alex

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Alex Chirelstein died suddenly last week. This was a person whose presence was felt even though his physical being was miles away. An avuncular, embracing, rat-a-tat-tat speaker of a man, I will miss him…we all will miss him…deeply. His synthesis project for a class was brilliant. He rendered a collage of Vygotsky’s life that brought…[Read more]
    Posted July 18, 2007.
  • Teaching and Learning for Grandparents

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    This was just a wonderful entry that shows in a few strokes, the possibilities of fully integrated technology in the classroom setting. It’s another link from Wil Richardson’s wonderful WebBlogg-ed. I’m thinking about integration where the teacher’s ideas about what should be learned and how that “should” should be learned come first. Technology…[Read more]
    Posted May 25, 2007.
  • Kyra's On The Move...

    Kyra's On The Move...
    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    A few years ago I had the honor/pleasure of attending a summer seminar on hiphop culture and its pedagogical connections at NYU. That seminar was the first time UVM had participated in the Faculty Resource Network. It was an eyeopening if not eye popping experience for me. We dug simultaneously into the real live roots of [...]
    Posted May 05, 2007.
  • Dedication to Alicia

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Opening Remarks Alicia Shanks Don McLean, a pop culture poet to at least one of the generations gathered in this room today, writes… A long, long time ago… I can still remember How that music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance [...]
    Posted April 20, 2007.
  • Why Can't Schools Be Like This?

    Why Can't Schools Be Like This?
    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    The George Lukas Educational Foundation holds rich resources for any educator wanting to explore the kinds of learning opportunities that keep children/youth coming back for more. This film is one of my favorites. My emotions are absolutely captured every time I watch it, in class or otherwise. This story of teaching and learning at Ascend…[Read more]
    Posted April 14, 2007.
  • Building Classroom Relationships: Putting the Amygdala To Rest...

    Building Classroom Relationships: Putting the Amygdala To Rest...
    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    I’ve recently had the opportunity to collaborate with some of my Senior students during their most intense teaching internships and I have a new understanding of the importance of relationship building. I’ve be able to spend time with them, watching and commenting on the goings on in their professional field site. The site is quite unique. [...]
    Posted April 14, 2007.
  • Imagini Me

    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    Well this was fun. Give it a try – get your own visual DNA…for the moment, anyway! http://imagini.net/aboutimagini.html Read my VisualDNA Get your own VisualDNA™
    Posted April 14, 2007.
  • One step further with brain based work, Part One.

    One step further with brain based work, Part One.
    Charles Rathbone on Cafe CBone
    I teach an entry level course to mostly first year students called Learning and the Learner. It is a course for students anticipating full entry into the eled program at my university. The goals of the course are to get them thinking more as learners than as teachers, to help them begin to think systematically [...]
    Posted March 10, 2007.