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Overthrow the CIA

Not the Central Intelligence Agency — I’m talking about the Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment paradigm. It’s time to take a close look at it and figure some steps to get us to a more effective paradigm for causing learning. The initial … Continue reading

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Collaborate to Innovate!

There was a very interesting article in a recent edition of Education Week (January 23, 2013). The article focused on a group of eight California districts which had united to petition the USDOE for a waiver to NCLB. They were … Continue reading

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Why not set up your own Innovation Zone?

I’m proposing that some of the teachers I know think seriously about setting up an “Innovation Zone” at their school. Several state departments of education now have Offices of Innovation (or a variation). Those that I know of include Kentucky, … Continue reading

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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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