Jak Kolarik
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  • Kenosha, WI
  • United States
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Jak Kolarik replied to Suzie Boss's discussion Welcome, New Members in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"You really are all out there... or at least so it seems. I am a freshman teacher at a New Tech Network school in Illinois. I teach a class that combines speech and technology. I am always looking for new project ideas that can combine the two skills…"
Oct 20, 2010
Jak Kolarik posted a blog post

Please help my fellow teacher

I'm putting out a call for help from all who are willing to share their ideas.Situation:A fellow teacher, "Jane," is trying to build relationships with her students, but is not having a lot of success. She teaches Algebra II, and the students do not like her class because it is hard. A few more details: Jane is a first year teacher, she is the only person who teaches it, all students must take the class, classes have extremely wide ranges of abilities and the school is focused on the problem…See More
Oct 19, 2010
cprofitt commented on Jak Kolarik's blog post You are only a guru when you are more than 50 miles from home.
"I was glad to see in the end you realized what the reality was. At the same time -- you can be an expert, but you have to stand up and do it... not sit in the crowd. I do admit that people tend to listen more to a stranger who is wearing a suit and…"
Sep 30, 2010
Jak Kolarik posted a blog post

You are only a guru when you are more than 50 miles from home.

Have you ever sat through a professional development session thinking, "This guy has no clue what happens in the classroom?" Lately, that's the only thought I've had in our pd sessions. I've listened to administrator after administrator tell me how to do things. What do they know about being in my classroom? Well, I finally got a break from administrators telling me how to do things in yesterday's pd session. Two pairs of teachers presented our staff of 21. As the first pair started, I thought,…See More
Sep 30, 2010
Jak Kolarik replied to Charlene Qu's discussion Facebook for Students
"Jane, I originally didn't want to cross the lines either. However, I discovered that making a page is almost identical to having the personal page. I am the administrator on my page and it says that I am a follower, but my private settings…"
Apr 7, 2010
Jak Kolarik replied to Charlene Qu's discussion Facebook for Students
"I've read many of the concerns people have posted about FB, and I must say that I share the majority of them. However, we cannot fight the computer battle at home. That's up to the parents. What we can do is try and make the technology…"
Mar 29, 2010
Jak Kolarik replied to Carol Arcomano's discussion Students Who Can't Read Cursive
"While reading through all of the other posts, I found myself saying "ya, you are all right about not needing cursive." Then I started thinking about what really was bothering me about the cursive thing. It's not so much about the…"
Feb 26, 2010
Jak Kolarik replied to Carol Arcomano's discussion Students Who Can't Read Cursive
"Carol, I also teach 9th grade and have discovered the same thing. My students also scratch like chickens and call it writing. Much of their hand writing is not legible. What do we do at this level? Do I buy the students script books? I'm afraid…"
Feb 25, 2010

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New Tech High
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I teach speech and technology in a problem based learning environment.

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Please help my fellow teacher

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 5:37pm 0 Comments

I'm putting out a call for help from all who are willing to share their ideas.



Situation:

A fellow teacher, "Jane," is trying to build relationships with her students, but is not having a lot of success. She teaches Algebra II, and the students do not like her class because it is hard. A few more details: Jane is a first year teacher, she is the only person who teaches it, all students must take the class, classes have extremely wide ranges of abilities and the school is focused on… Continue

You are only a guru when you are more than 50 miles from home.

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 4:28pm 0 Comments

Have you ever sat through a professional development session thinking, "This guy has no clue what happens in the classroom?" Lately, that's the only thought I've had in our pd sessions. I've listened to administrator after administrator tell me how to do things. What do they know about being in my classroom? Well, I finally got a break from administrators telling me how to do things in yesterday's pd session. Two pairs of teachers presented our staff of 21. As the first pair started, I thought,… Continue

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