Well Brenden, I’m happy to say that the teaching and learning you asked about is indeed happening. The Mosaic Collective at Castle View High School offers mini-courses, which are three-week long specialized courses that are co-created and designed by students and teachers. These courses tend to begin with the end in mind, that is, application, […]Read More Mini- and Micro- Coursework in Mosaic
My colleague, John Buch, sent the following email and slides to his fellow math teachers and to a few others. Three standing ovations, two hip-hip-hoorays, and a loud and crisp high five to John. I love this and can’t thank him enough for having the vision to share such material with his colleagues. Can you […]Read More Sharing Deep Thoughts
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?
This video depicts an amazing physics teacher, Mr. Wright, and his family. Mr. Wright’s son was born with an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder called Joubert Syndrome. He loves his son and family and he loves his students… He shares his stories with his students to teach them much more than physics.Read More Mr. Wright
I spent some time with Marc Prensky and some fellow teachers today. We were there to discuss anything education. The format was a bit hinky as we were arranged in a large circle and were asked to simply, well, ask Marc questions. We had an hour. Now, to know me is to know that I can talk […]Read More Futurcation and Prensky
From a recent email: Thank you for all your hard work during term one. Congratulate yourself for everything you have done – creating your e-portfolio, formulating your goals and professional growth plan, developing performance task assessments, posting your grades, establishing your club, participating in STOMP and/or Showdown, mentoring an intern and/or colleague, taking tickets at […]Read More Student Perspective on the State of Education
From a recent email: Thank you for all your hard work during term one. Congratulate yourself for everything you have done – creating your e-portfolio, formulating your goals and professional growth plan, developing performance task assessments, posting your grades, establishing your club, participating in STOMP and/or Showdown, mentoring an intern and/or colleague, taking tickets at […]Read More Hard Knock Life?
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…
ACT testing was today and I, for once, did not have to proctor the exam. I essentially had the morning off from teaching and student contact. Upon learning this a friend and colleague of mine (@robhazle) invited me to “geek out” with him at a local coffee shop. “Let’s drink some java and build some Arduino boards.” […]Read More Caffeinated Collaboration