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  • Building Self-evaluative Mindsets and Tools

    February 27, 2019 by

    I had a teacher recently ask how handle it when students ask if their work is “good”. She wants to help them, but doesn’t want to be seen as the ultimate authority on what is “good”. Firstly, “authority” and “expertise” are not bad things, and we don’t want to remove that experience and skill from… Read more

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    Assisted Accountability – The True Flipped Classroom

    August 18, 2016 by

    Eric Mazur introduced the flipped classroom to much interest a couple of decades ago. The idea—and a very good one—is that the time we have together in class is precious, and is being totally underutilized by a one-to-many dissemination of information. In the internet age, Mazur thought, why couldn’t we do the lecture outside of class,… Read more

  • Value-based Learning: From Bake-sale to Brilliant

    January 13, 2016 by

    Schools all over are trying to figure out how to provide real-world learning for their students and many are beginning to realize how much a regular school schedule gets in the way of curating authentic learning experiences. Part of “real-world” is rethinking how we structure our time. I have previously written about the importance of… Read more

  • Redefining Academic Rigor

    September 17, 2015 by

    There are two kinds of academic rigor. The standard kind is measured in number of hours spent; in the amount of predetermined information memorized and regurgitated. It involves running fast to jump through the hoops put before you. It involves being handed problems and showing you can follow prescribed pathways to solve them. It involves… Read more

  • Pedagogy vs. Curriculum – The How is the What

    September 16, 2015 by

    The How is the What What (content) and how (pedagogy) cannot be separated. How we teach also teaches a what. Example 1: Coercion has no place in education. If we use coercion to get students to study what we want when we want, we are teaching them that how you get people to do the… Read more

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