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Focusing on What Matters

I recently read a solid piece entitled “Is Google Teaching Us Anything?” (h/t to @gregkulowiec on twitter) that opens by citing both Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows and Sugata Mitra’s SOLE project as competing philosophies of the role of technology in education. More important, though, is the question of self-directed learning and to what extent truly independent … Continue reading

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What If…

What if we designed a school whose foundation was built on an obsession with learning, in all shapes and forms? What if our school focused on every possible way to reward and promote all learning students chose to pursue? What if we populated that school full of teachers who weren’t great traditional students? How would … Continue reading

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The “Top 500 Schools in America,” or “The 500 Whitest and Wealthiest Neighborhoods in America”

So your high school made Newsweek’s list of “Top Five Hundred Schools in America.” You saw it on facebook and shared it with your networks. Sharing that Newsweek link felt good, right? Hooray for my alma mater! We got ranked in the top 500 by Newsweek! You probably didn’t think twice about sharing that link. … Continue reading

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Transversing Digital and Analog Learning Spaces

I’ve been reading a lot about learning spaces, but a piece recently tweeted out by (and authored by) Gary Stager (@garystager) has caught my eye and got me thinking about constructivism in secondary education. As someone who believes in (but hasn’t by any means mastered) progressive education, I’ve always got Alfie Kohn’s Questions for Progressive Schools … Continue reading

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Assessing Student Performance in a Design-Infused History Course

On twitter and elsewhere, I’ve made my feelings about grades pretty well known: I can find little, if any, pedagogical justification for student grades. I find them to be wildly inadequate in terms of providing students with meaningful, actionable feedback about the work they do. Furthermore, they are reductionist in that they try to provide … Continue reading