Author Archives: pamelamoran

About pamelamoran

Educator in Virginia, creating 21st c community learning spaces for all kinds of learners, both adults and young people. I read, garden, listen to music, and capture photo images mostly of the natural world. My posts represent a personal point of view on topics of interest.

When Kids Make

They think  .. ask questions .. try out ideas   They design .. and create   They figure out solutions .. and then construct them They work together .. and sometimes alone   They code .. and make things work They share ideas .. … Continue reading

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Habitable Worlds of Learning

I watched the Paralympics held in Rio last summer and I was both amazed and inspired by the drive, resilience, passion, and accomplishment of people we label as disabled but who, in many cases, can athletically outperform the average person … Continue reading

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Becoming Educated: More Questions Than Answers

What if we were designing learning spaces where kids would develop and sustain personal understanding? Empathy? Collaborative competencies? Social-emotional learning? (Creating collective social efficacy in a school community) What if thinking in every way possible — collaborative, creative, logical, analytical, effectual, entrepreneurial — became … Continue reading

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Thinking Beyond the School Box: Inspired Architecture + Contemporary Learning

I recently visited our newest multi-age space redesign in a small rural elementary school. When we began the process to modernize this school, we knew we had to design and build new space from the inside out.  The school had … Continue reading

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The Last Lesson Plan: On Losing a Teacher

What lesson plan would you want written in your memory by your school community? That question was framed for me in the most recent of many losses of a school community member across my career. If you work as an … Continue reading

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Beyond the Sky: Imagine That!

When learners get access to opportunities that allow them to pursue interests, find their learning passions, and develop agency, voice, and influence, we change the impossibilities of school as we have known it to possibilities that we have only dreamed. Continue reading

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Searching for Frankl’s Meaning: The Decent and the Principled, How we Define Who We Are as Individuals, Communities, a Nation

In life, everyone experiences regrets. Daniel Pink reported a study on what constitutes the greatest source of regrets that we Americans experience- loves lost or perhaps never found, career disappointments or paths not chosen, in-actions rather than actions taken. A … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11: America’s Children

My mother once made one of those off-handed parental comments that can either fly right over a child’s head or catch a child’s attention and result in a question. I think I was about twelve then and what my mother … Continue reading

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A New Year. Multi-Tasking. My Peach Cobbler. Connections. Hidden Figures.

Tonight I am inspired by Olympic athletes. Most of all though, I am inspired by stories of young black women who in the 1940s and 50s became “human computers in skirts” for NASA. Who knew? Continue reading

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Getting to Yes

Have you ever agreed to something and then wondered if it was the smartest thing you ever did? That happened to me last spring. A colleague shared with me that a group of middle school kids was on a mission … Continue reading

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