Thu, Aug 08, 2019
Thanks to everyone who came to my session today. We came up with a lot of ideas for projects and thought even more about how to actually teach them in your classroom. It was a great session and one that I'll continue to think about and would love to talk about more in the comments or on twitter. [iframe src=”″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] One of the questions that came out centered around the teacher, and the dual responsibility they have to 1) teach objective, unbiased information so as not to indoctrinate children and 2) prepare them for the actual world. Because the world is full of so much information, teachers need to select and choose and this selcting and choosing can be viewed as subjective. How do you decide whether something you are doing is subjective or objective? Let's say you want to teach a unit about public health in Read the full post...
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Tue, Jun 25, 2019
Clogs have been in short supply this cycle, largely because things were going terribly. I think I know why. But first, let's talk about what terrible looks like: When we do VNPS, 5 of 8 kids don't want to go to the board. When they do, 3 of 8 question why they can't go sit back down. At least 2 or 3 kids per class will getting on their phone while their partner is writing. After a problem is announced students wait with blank stares until I go over to them, then when I get to them I feel as though I am moving a boulder. Spread this around the room and it's like a field of boulders. Ok, ok, my classes are small, so it's like a small field…perhaps ‘lawn' is the right word. But it FEELS like a field of boulders, and it feels like I'm doing the heavy Read the full post...
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Sun, Jun 16, 2019
One of my co-workers was saying that she has no where to talk about what she is learning and how she is trying to grow as a teacher. She said that she is reading a lot of books, and trying a lot of things, but doesn't have anyone to share it with or have a lot of time to process it. This was exactly the kind of thing that I talked about in my talk at #OAME2019 a month ago about why teachers need to connect online. The basic premise of my talk was that teaching is constantly referenced in relation to the factory model which was the hottest economic opportunity as compulsory schooling went viral. Unfortunately, the factory model wants workers to follow the instructions to carryout precise and scripted movements to produce widgets, while schools need teachers who are able learn and grow in order to plan and implement Read the full post...
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Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Our school is beginning the 4th term. This means all new classes, all new kids and another fresh crack at the #ThinkingClassroom. I was debating about trying a different class this cycle, but the planning for this new class failed to materialize as I spent too much mental energy prepping for #NCTMSD2019. Repeating the class is important to me because the cycle ended in a way that felt unresolved. A more deliberately comfortable classroom Two very different students kids struggled from the beginning last cycle. It seemed like they didn't know how to say they felt uncomfortable. My best guess was that the source of their discomfort could be one of three things: The whole VNPS routineBeing in a math class in generalOther things going on in their lives. With the first two, a warm vibrant environment and lots of interesting math problems should be enough to win kids over. With the Read the full post...
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Tue, Aug 09, 2016
One of the reasons I haven't kept up with blogging is because I always want to wait until I have the final, perfect draft before I post to my blog. But the thing is, I never have final perfect drafts of anything. So I have to get over that. What I do have is a lot of decent ideas and thoughts in the Notes App in my iPhone. Yesterday, as I pushed my five-month-old around the neighborhood, I wrote out 4 goals for this school year in my Note as she slept. Now mind you, this is a draft. But the beauty of sharing it before it's finalized is that I can get feedback from all the (zero) folks reading my blog. So what I have here are my goals and shorter “titles” for the goals. Neither is an expanded version of the goal, but if I wait until Read the full post...
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