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Posted by on in Project-Based Learning


When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. — Wayne Dyer

I think we got it all wrong in education.

Consider this. We always talk about connecting the classroom (the instruction, the subject area, the concepts etc.) to the real world. But, doesn't it make more sense to take what's happening in the real world and just teach that? The whole idea of having to connect school to the real world came from the fact that most subjects are taught in isolation from it.

Why can't we change that?

Take Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). You can use this very relevant and controversial issue and teach about it from multiple perspectives.

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Posted by on in Education Leadership

Textbooks: How old are yours?

Take a Spring Textbook Walk. Or, Not!

Is this the end of the 35 pound backpack, stuffed lockers and extinction of textbooks?

One School was in the news this past year. Apparently, the administration, Principal and Assistant Principal ordered a round up of all the textbooks in the school, piled them up and away they went. They were believers in no textbooks, better use of technology. Not all teachers and students were too thrilled because they were not ready for such a drastic change, with no input or warning.

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Posted by on in Curriculum & Unit Design

The other day, when I was talking to one of my educator friends, I voiced something to the effect of, “If I were still in the classroom, I’d find a way to fit Pokémon Go into my teaching!” In my opinion, this app is the perfect example of when it’s appropriate to begin planning instruction with the technology in mind and not what we want students to understand or be able to do (because the app is so cool, we just have to use it).

Nonetheless, when utilizing the app (or any other technology), we should probably rethink our actions if in no way, shape, or form are we then able to connect/integrate the technology with what students are supposed to learn…or, if technology use results in the same understandings being reached, but in a much less efficient or more roundabout way. In other words, we shouldn’t try to cram a square peg into a round hole.

Now, let’s take a closer look at why (or, why not) Pokémon Go has a place in our classrooms.


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Posted by on in Conferences

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On June 25 I’ll be headed down to Orlando, Florida for the Model Schools Conference, which is the brainchild of Bill Daggett and the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Last October I was thoroughly impressed by a Daggett presentation, and now I’m even more excited to experience what is one of the most highly regarded conferences of the year.

Here are five specific reasons why June 25 can’t come soon enough:

1. Concurrent Sessions

The conference features over 100 concurrent sessions (plus a whole lot more) over three days. And, the focal point of these sessions isn’t “the stuff” (technology), but rather what “works” and what “doesn’t work” to undeniably move schools forward for the benefit of our students. As the brochure says, “At this year’s MSC [Model Schools Conference], we aim to encourage you to seize this opportunity and, with lessons learned from the nation’s most rapidly improving and trailblazing schools and districts…”

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