Mr. Joe

A New Year Begins

posted Aug 27, 2010, 2:06 PM by Joe Luft

I felt fortunate to spend the past two days at the annual Internationals Network professional development workshops at International HS at Prospect Heights.  Big shout-outs to Jordan, Erin, and Anthony for sharing their time and expertise with their colleagues from across the network and facilitating workshops.  It now marks the beginning of the year for us as we have the chance to gather together with staff from all of our schools and welcome our new teachers as well as our new cohort of talented ISTART apprentices.  Next week, our own professional development at FIHS begins as most of the staff will be back as we prepare for the 2010-2011 school year.  I'm looking forward to our seventh year which the little counter on the left side of the page now tells me is only 12 days away.

Plagiarism Discussion

posted Aug 16, 2010, 9:49 AM by Joe Luft   [ updated Aug 27, 2010, 2:06 PM ]

After several attempts to finish this, I've finally decided to wrap up this post and move on since the summer is almost over.  As most people know, I have a passion for writing and the teaching of writing. 

There are some excellent resources included in this discussion of plagiarism on the NY Times website - link here.  If you search through the reader comments, there's an excellent letter that makes a point that in my opinion is completely overlooked in the article.

Your coverage of plagiarism on campus has emphasized the uses of new digital technologies by students and instructors. But it has not recognized one of the most important contributors to the problem: the use of writing assignments that promote plagiarism.

This comes up a lot for us and, in particular, with our students since literal comprehension and the ability to paraphrase ideas can't be assumed skills our students possess.  Given this reality, there's an added layer of complexity here for us and how we address this with our students at FIHS.  In what ways do we explicitly address this in our classes now?  How do we integrate this conversation about plagiarism into our curriculum and our discussions about "college readiness"?

First Post

posted Jul 7, 2010, 6:42 PM by Joe Luft   [ updated Jul 7, 2010, 6:46 PM ]

I'll be working on the new website when I can find the time over the summer.  Everything on the site is being moved over to Google sites and our old Drupal site is now officially dead.  Despite some of the limitations, this should allow us to keep the school sites updated with much less effort.  I have a bit of work to do on the "homepage" template.  The current page needs to have several things added onto it including the school calendar and sections for each of the teams.

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