T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding” We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. I’ve often stated that a grand experiment in education would be to simply erect a circus-style tent and fill it with children and… Read More Understanding by Design – Hands On, Minds on Design, That Is
One of the ideas behind the design of the Mosaic Collective involves the elimination of a bell schedule and classes as we traditionally know them. I’ve been thinking about this more and more. We often describe this idea and its need as one of an elimination of unnecessary distractions and artificial time constraints. Thinking deeper,… Read More Rhythmic Learning or Scheduled Learning?
In 2009 I attended a training on how to “vodcast” content. Our hosts were two teachers from Woodland Park High School, Colorado, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. They taught us how to record video and audio … and how to edit and upload to various services. Anyway, quite a bit has happened since our time together in the… Read More From Vodcasting to TED…
A math-teaching colleague of mine recently commented that he struggles to find opportunities to overlay math work with other content. His frustration is echoed in the following Twitter conversation. Pop some popcorn and read on… So, after all this I’m wondering if this is the question I should ask my colleague: What is math? The… Read More You, Me, and y=m(x)+b
I work at a seven-year-old high school that was physically and academically designed as a “reform-minded” institution. Here’s our mission statement: Our mission is to transform high school learning through meaningful Relationships, Relevant learning, and a Rigorous academic environment where every Castle View student will graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful… Read More Blah, Blah, Blah … Wait, What?
East and West: How important is the “struggle?” Excellent video by @mpershan.
I teach because I love helping people. I love inspiring creativity and divergent thinking in my students. Teaching is fun, dynamic, and challenging work that provides a mix of instant and prolonged feedback as I interact with students, parents, and colleagues. To inspire learning and to witness the “light bulb” moments that take place as… Read More On Teaching Style