Thursday, November 03, 2011

Back In the Game/Pondering My Future

 My best buddy and before we ran the Mankato 1/2 Marathon in Oct. 2011

It has been a long, long time since I actually wrote a post. I am freshly into my new gig at EdVisions Cooperative working as the 1/2 time Director. 

Not being a weekend Dad has me excited about the little things, like taking your kid for a haircut :)

So what have I been up to the last six months or so? To name a few things: 
  • was laid off at my job June 1
  • did a 3 month stint at a call center for a national wireless retailer (quite an education)
  • moved back to my hometown of Mankato 
  • have gotten to be more than a weekend dad with Broden
  • realized how old Cain is getting 
  • got a new job working in the field I care about most: education
Cain and I tailgating before the Vikings/Packer game - Oct. 2011

The pace of life is much slower in Mankato than in the Twin Cities, which is both good and bad. Life is quite the journey and lately I have hit a few rapids (to use a kayaking analogy). I am not quite sure what is around the next bend of the river, but I plan to keep enjoying the scenery. 

-- Aaron

Monday, April 11, 2011

Minnesota New Country School Senior Presentations

Minnesota New Country School's Senior Presentations are this week. See below for the complete schedule. I am not using student's last name (only first initials). EdVisions Schools hopes to provide at least some of the video for these on our YouTube channel.

Here is the info from Minnesota New Country School, located in Henderson, MN:

The following students will be presenting their 300+ hour projects (Capstone) to the public beginning each evening at 6 p.m. Student presentations will last 20 minutes with questions and answers. We invite the community to come and assist us in evaluating the senior projects.

Monday, April 11, 2011
Hannah P. - Israel Trip
Zeph R. - Alternative Energy: Hydrogen
Kezia O. - Adolescent Psychology
Tyler D. - Propaganda of WW II
Zach K. - Creating an Electric Trumpet

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Hannah S. - Sex, Love and Misinformation
Nora S. - Suzuki School Benefit Recital
Hannah R. - Put Your Best Look Forward
Peter S. - Steam Traction Engines
Conner M. - Law Enforcement and Related Careers
Morgan O. - Law and Its Foundations

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Janessa B. - Community Based Art
Brady R. - Trademark Logo Business
Travis S. - Volkswagon History and Restoration
Kayla B. - Back Alley - Starting a Business

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sledding Video

I just love the "slow-motion" feature video editing. I am getting much quicker at the editing process. I really need to learn Final Cut Pro. It is fun to look back at movies you make of your kids.... makes for good memories. 

Sunday, March 06, 2011

EdVisions Schools Design Essentials Videos

Starting in October 2010, I got to help put videos together that highlighted the EdVisions Design Essentials by interviewing students and staff at: Avalon School (St. Paul), EdVisions Off Campus (online, statewide) and Minnesota New Country School (Henderson).

Below are the videos compiled into channels. Please feel free to share this work or post comments via youtube or this blog.

Small Learning Communities:

Self-Directed Project Based Learning (personalization for each student):

Authentic Assessment:

Teacher Ownership/Democratic Governance:

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cain Shows Off His Hockey Skills

Video I made on a Saturday morning with some highlights of Cain's season (it was really only one game and one session of outdoor ice. And the answer is "yes," he is much better than I am. He passed me up last year, which I am still having a hard time dealing with emotionally. ;)