Pedagogy vs. Curriculum – The How is the What

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 […]

Why Graduate Profiles Feel Wrong

Let’s face it. Every school’s graduate profile sounds the same these days. “Lifelong learner” “Global citizen” “Able and willing to make a difference” Etc. You know the drill. All worthy aspirations for our students, and for what we want to help them become. All schools engage in conversations about these end goals, the programs and […]

The Entrepreneurial Learner

I’m currently directing a program at Green School in Bali on Entrepreneurial & Enterprise Education. My experience building and describing this program has given me some new language to talk about the paradigm shifts I have been advocating in education, heretofore enumerated as: Education must be real. Primary focus should be creating advanced learners (see my Teaching Without […]

Physical Orientation Predicts Team Performance

(This is the more detailed and slightly more preachy version of this missive. For the relatively more concise and less preachy version, click here). Assertions: Small teams that orient themselves in physical shapes conducive to communication will outperform teams that do not. This law of Team Orientation is best learned through doing, and not from […]

Schools and Change – Do We Adapt or Do We React?

A recent post by Clay Shirky – Institutions, Confidence, and the News Crisis – got me thinking about schools as institutions, and how they handle change. Here’s a quote form the post: “The ability of institutions to adapt slowly while preserving continuity of mission and process is exactly what lets them last longer than a […]

21st Century Skills for Teachers

Teacher skills in 50 words or less.  Go….! Here’s my stab at it: “Every teacher should be able to articulate how their lessons engage higher order learning, how they offer the opportunity for development of critical skills, how learning outcomes offer related evidence, and how assessment is used to provide formative feedback in both areas.” […]

Role of Technology in Education

As most of us know, literacy is not just about reading any more. The printed book was a giant leap forward in our ability to distribute information, but we are now in the fairly early stages of another information revolution – one that requires the definition of literacy to be expanded. In today’s world, we […]

Knowledge vs. Skills – The 21st Century Debate

The American Association of Colleges and Universities stressed in its 2002 report, Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College, that… “the current emphasis on “factual recall” is a major barrier to success in college. Today’s college students, the report concludes, need to be “integrative thinkers who can see connections […]