We are the impossible boss battle

Out past the printed word are dozens of modes of expression available to our students. Just as school devalues play, it devalues the accumulation of unsanctioned knowledge and “critical” thought. Standards and scores are deck chairs. Moreover, reading and writing – perhaps, one day, even as embodied by coding – will all be done through …

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What drives curriculum

Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach) wrote here about #ISTE10′s “Dissecting the 21st Century Teacher” panel. I commented on a few of the lines that caught my attention regarding curriculum and a teacher’s role in maintaining and delivering content. I’m torn there. There’s so much discoverable content maintained out there that it’s useful for a teacher to …

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A PBL post-mortem

Project-based learning (7th grade) This past year I had the unique opportunity to run a project-based learning (PBL) class at my last school. While I structured the course around #ds106-like assignments for middle schoolers, I tried to keep as much choice open as possible throughout a few design lessons and several new media projects in …

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We Are All Charters

Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson visited my school today to see it in operation and speak with division personnel, school leaders, and teachers about how we can work together to met students’ needs. I appreciated the visit, the attention to our school, and the time we spent talking as a group about how to …

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