In the post “Bringing Reluctant Math Teachers on Board” under the third paragraph there is a box that is supposed to launch a link to a mind map in Bubbl.us. It’s quite cool because you can actually move the map around in the blog and view all its parts.
Here’s the problem:
- when I compose the blog and add the embed code in Firefox, the Bubbl.us link works — if I view the blog in Firefox.
- when I compose the blog and add the embed code in Internet Explorer, the Bubbl.us link works — if I view the blog in Internet Explorer.
- however if I compose and add the embedd code using Firefox as my browser, the link won’t launch when I switch to Internet Explorer, and
- if I compose and add the embedd code using Internet Explorer as my browser, the link won’t launch when I swtich to Firefox.
I’m using the same embed code and inserting it in the same place — but I can’t seem to solve this problem. I guess this is my final object lesson in flexibility reminding me to consider how it feels when a student following practices established in one math teacher’s class is told by a new and different math teacher the next year that these processes aren’t acceptible in the new class.
When do expectations that we initally put in place to be helpful and guide students become what can feel to the student as inflexible obstacles to doing good work? This certainly reinforces for me the need to keep challenging myself to see ALL interactions, expectations, comments, classroom experiences, and learning activities through the eyes of my students and takes me back to my original post for this course: Christine’s Legacy. It also is making me be darned sure if I’m going to be sticky instead of flexible about an expectation that my reasons will hold up in the long term and must be worth the frustration some students will feel when they don’t understand why a process that ‘works in Firefox’ doesn’t also ‘work in Internet Explorer’ (and vice versa).
For now all I can say is if you can’t see the Bubbl.Us mind map in your browser, please switch to Internet Explorer. And if you can tell me how to fix this, please leave a comment.