Category Archives: cultivating real learning

Art. Is. Power.

Day one of #ncte13 and my mind is full, in that way that only happens here surrounded by my people. Thank you everyone who pushed my thinking today. And thank you especially to First Wave’s hip hop art masterpiece at … Continue reading

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Science Suggests Measurable Benefits To Reading Serious Literature: From the NYT Blog

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov – NYTimes.com. This article from the NYT Blog was sent to me by three different people. So I guess I had to share. It’s interesting science. But what really struck me … Continue reading

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Learning more, ‘teaching’ less.

Oooof. The end of the school year is never easy, for me, for the students, for the parents, for anyone. And this one has been particularly tough. I have had some things happen this semester which have been really challenging … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Kooks Part Deux!

As promised, here is follow up to the post I did a while back on the two MOOCs I took over the past month and half. It was an interesting experience. Purely as a student, I enjoyed the heck out … Continue reading

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Reading, reading, reading…

We have been reading Penny Kittle’s Book LoveĀ and talking a lot about how we might set up our classes so as to encourage more reading. I know in my honors level 11th grade class, if the students only read the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Approaches to Schooling

Yesterday was a tale of two approaches to schooling for me, each diametrically opposed to the other. (Well there was the proctoring of the mandated state testing that happened yesterday morning. It’s the season. But this post is not about … Continue reading

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Of MOOCs and Kooks

Okay, I just liked that title. This post is really about MOOCs. And I suppose we are kooks in any meaningful sense of that term. So maybe the title is appropriate after all. MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses. There … Continue reading

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More on narrative: What storytelling does to our brains fm The Buffer blog

I guess this follows hot on the heels of my last post on the role of narrative. It was tweeted by one of our favorite thinkers on literacy, Penny Kittle. I’ll let the article speak for itself, but the short … Continue reading

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David Coleman, Common Core, and Storytelling

There has been a lot of chatter on the intertubes in the last six months about how the Common Core will or will not cause the removal, reduction or shift of the place of fiction in the Language Arts curriculum. … Continue reading

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A Letter for Colleges: What If Your Students Were Learners First?

Ran across this on the intertubes this morning at Joe Bower’s blog. It’s a model ‘letter’ a grade free school could use to send to colleges on behalf of its students, written by Alfie Kohn. I’ll just quote a part: … Continue reading

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