Category Archives: Teaching

How Silicon Valley Influences Public School Curriculum

Natasha Singer writes today in the New York Times about the impact Silicon Valley is having in and on public education. This is part of an ongoing series that I’ve been waiting for some time for someone outside of the … Continue reading

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Hamilessons

    Congratulations to our alum Addie Matteson on the publication of her Hamilton-themed Hamilessons in School Library Journal! She writes: I teach in a Title I school, and I knew many students would connect to Hamilton’s difficult childhood. My library also has … Continue reading

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Obama on Teachers

From The New York Times: “If you hear a candidate say that the big problem with education is teachers, you should not vote for that person,” Mr. Obama said. “It is a hard job, and it is the most important … Continue reading

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Quotable: On Teaching and Letting Go of Control

“I myself became a decent teacher only when I started to relinquish some control over the classroom—stopped worrying so much about “getting my points across” and recognized that those moments of disorder that would sometimes occur, those spontaneous outbreaks of … Continue reading

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Makers’ Center of Gravity

  Recently, while reading Alfie Kohn’s new book The Myth of the Spoiled Child, I stumbled upon a phrase by progressive American educator John Dewey: a child’s “center of gravity,” and I felt I finally found words to describe what it … Continue reading

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Developing an “Empathy Muscle”

This past semester, my colleague and I, along with six graduate student instructors, took on our school’s signature foundations course. In this course, students work in groups to interview and observe clients struggling with some aspect of information (e.g., data, … Continue reading

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Has Ed Tech Lived Up to Its Promise?

On the MacArthur Foundation’s Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning blog in October (you can see I am trying to catch up on my RSS “read this later” pile), journalist Heather Chaplin interviewed Western Michigan University professor emeritus James Bosco … Continue reading

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Free Book on Ed Tech Policies, Practices, Procedures

On behalf of my co-teacher Jeff Stanzler, we are pleased to announce our yearlong ED 504 class project — a book for teachers about ed tech policies, practices, and procedures — has been published! We’re printing copies on our campus … Continue reading

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Paige Jaeger on Library-Based Assignments Worth Doing

Love, love, love this quote by Paige Jaeger. See it in context in this blog post.   Image made at ReciteThis.com

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Tim Gunn on Teaching

Looking through saved items in my Google Reader account, I rediscovered a brief New York Times interview with teacher, Project Runway co-host, and fashion executive Tim Gunn of “Make It Work” fame. Some of the questions tickled me then and reminded me, … Continue reading

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