Monthly Archives: January 2013

I don’t feel old; I feel “experienced”!

In a blog post by Ben Johnson published this morning in Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/blog/cross-curricular-teaching-deeper-learning-ben-johnson, there was a call for deeper learning (interesting term, isn’t it — I used to think I understood it, but not so sure anymore — I don’t … Continue reading

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Redefining Success

After the feedback on yesterday’s blog post , I thought even more about the notion of “college readiness” and “success”. I grew up looking at many manifestations of the European “sorting” mechanism with a mix of disdain and sadness. “How … Continue reading

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Forget College Readiness! Let’s Try Life Readiness!

What does college readiness mean, and more importantly, how do college readiness and life readiness compare to each other? Let’s do some math and some honest, reflective analysis of the data. An article last month in Ed Week (Dec 12, … Continue reading

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“The Hole in the Wall” that opened up new ideas

As many friends and colleagues know, I am an avid TED talk fan! Last week I stumbled across a TED Talks book expanding on one of the videos I had seen. The title of the book is Beyond the Hole … Continue reading

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About this fibonacci-like journey . . .

There are no easy steps to take a person from one world to another. As the old saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” One of the profound beauties of that saying is that … Continue reading

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Benevolent Dictator or Learning Concierge?

Why do kids fail? Why won’t they do the work? Why aren’t kids more motivated? How do we increase student participation? Sound familiar? Yesterday a colleague passed along an email from a teacher in an online language course. One line … Continue reading

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Lets’ NOT use video games as “teaching” tools!

An article in eSchool News caught my eye today. It was entitled “How mainstream video games are being used as teaching tools” http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/01/08/how-mainstream-video-games-are-being-used-as-teaching-tools/2/ There were some really exciting ideas mentioned in the article. One that seems really promising is the … Continue reading

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Ask the wrong question — get the wrong answer!

I remember taking debate class as a kid and our teacher, Mr. Black, cautioned us that it was vital to learn to ask the right questions. He advised us to watch out for the proverbial “When are you going to … Continue reading

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Learning to Practice Magic

I saw a simple graphic the other day. It had two circles on it. One that was labeled “Your comfort zone”, and the other, larger circle said “Where the magic happens” They didn’t overlap. It made me think of several … Continue reading

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Goodbye Language Learning: Hello “Learning Languages”

How many learning languages do you have? Which languages do you use to learn which things? In the 21st C, interconnected world, the more learning languages you can use, the more you can learn! I spent a good deal of … Continue reading

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