As one of my colleagues put it, You can ask each Mosaic teacher about what Mosaic is and what it isn’t and you’ll get different responses from each of us. No surprise or disagreement from me. Much has been written about Mosaic over the past three years. We’ve each contributed in our own way to… Read More Mosaic FNG – Of Supernovae and Vision
In response to Brian Aspinall’s succinct post about homework: If homework is defined as independent work assigned to students to be done on their own and then checked at school or submitted for “points or checks” then homework – at all levels – can seem a bit silly – especially while in elementary school. There… Read More On Homework (Briefly)
…Teachers crowded into a few rooms “learning” to assess their assessments, that is, slow-motion what is used to assess students, whether as formative, interim, or summative, and effectively grade the assessment using a rubric of sorts. The end result being a score of 1-20 where anything above 14 is considered a “gold-standard” assessment. (Note: the ACT… Read More Teachers be Teaching and Assessors be Assessing
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?