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Reflections: on life, learning, and finding a metric for meaning

As I was packing up my office — the flotsam and jetsam of 13 years as superintendent and 43 years total in school work — someone walked in and commented, “can’t you throw most of this stuff out?” In that moment I held … Continue reading

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The Class of 2018: Gen Z

  The end of the school year is always a time for joy as we celebrate our high school graduates who leave us, some ready for adulthood and others a bit tenuous as they take first steps to try out … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to New Math, anyway?

Whatever happened to “New Math?” I remember eighth grade because it was the year that America rolled out a new approach to learning called New Math. It was an epic failure in my small, mostly rural school. Why? It wasn’t “normal” math. … Continue reading

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The Phygitals have Arrived — A Generation for this Century

The phygital generation or Gen Z finds manipulating virtual reality paddles or headsets, entering an AR world, snap chatting with a friend, or posting an IG story as comfortable as playing a game of soccer under a lighted night, dancing … Continue reading

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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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Disruptive Innovation in Schools From Inside Out – Not Outside In

I’ve been thinking about disruptive innovation in schools. Disruptive innovation has evolved into a buzz phrase with superficial interpretations that can confuse understanding. First, its history. In 1997, Clayton Christensen coined the term to describe the concept’s application in the … Continue reading

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3 Ornaments

Sometimes it’s the simple things that remind me of why I continue to do what I do.   It seems as if some new uphill challenge always looms on the horizon and moving up that hill can feel overwhelming. I have … Continue reading

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habitats for learning? we must first abandon the lecture-room

When I Heard the Learn’d  Astronomer “When I heard the learn’d astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, … Continue reading

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