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on August 31, 2007 at 4:14:45 pm
 

 


 

Welcome to English class!


 

What's in a name?

 

Walt Whitman's Noiseless Patient Spider inspired my title Filament Launchpad.

 

Whitman, writing in the 1800's, observes how a spider ceaselessly launches forth filament to explore his surroundings, to travel from one place to another, to bridge his world. Whitman notes mankind's similarity to the spider. We too ceaselessly seek to connect, to make sense of the world, to reach out to others. 

 

The 21st century social networking revolution is connecting us like never before. We blog, we podcast, we collaborate via wikis, webcams, e-mails, discussion boards. We explore endless information easily summoned with a few clicks. We are living in the midst of sweeping technological changes that are reinventing the way we live, learn, laugh. At the heart of this change, however, is the basic spirit of exploration--that same spirit Whitman captured some two hundred years ago. I'm passionate about embracing that explorative spirit of mankind, about harnessing the power of technology to improve my own teaching and excite and engage my students.

 

It is my hope that I will instill a passion for lifelong learning and will equip my students to become active readers, critical thinkers, skilled writers and communicators, adept problem solvers, and savvy technology users--that I will cultivate an inquisitive attitude and encourage my students to constantly muse, venture, question, evaluate, and connect the world around them.

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