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Curriculum Theorizing: Everybody Hates an Ivory Tower

Work with me here. I have no idea how I will capture these thoughts in words, at least that make sense. I can start only with a deeply felt sense that I am in trouble. At almost the midpoint of this semester course in curriculum theorizing, all of the following are true: If you were to ask me for a flat-out definition of curriculum theory […]

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Test Prep: Thoughts for a Former Student, Now Teaching

To My Esteemed Student, I’m sure you remember how I insisted there was no secret manual to becoming a teacher. And how I said any talk of what to do had to be grounded in a review of truth, reality, and your own developing pedagogy. (That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But you know how I like that big picture.) So, this is no different, except […]

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Homework Becomes Electric

As part of my class in curriculum theorizing, I have to devise a homework plan, something that will move me along in my own work as I engage the ideas and readings from class. I’m going to do it on my blog, under the category of Homework. We are in the middle of a revolution in public schooling, and I see it as a revolution […]

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I Help Cure Cancer in My Sleep

I’ve started working the night shift. Last night, it was a research project on childhood cancer. Earlier in the week, I worked on Muscular Dystrophy, clean water, and human proteome folding (whatever that is). And all I did was what I have done every night since I first bought a computer: I turned out the light and went to bed, knowing that after a backup, […]

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You Can’t Explain Mars

What if you’d been born blind, and then, through some neurological intervention, you could suddenly see? You might say, “Fabulous!” But as Oliver Sacks tells it, more often than not, the newly sighted person isn’t sure the change is such a good thing. Sacks, a neurosurgeon who writes compellingly about patients with unique neurological disorders, describes patients who ask if they can go back– to […]

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When I Learned I Was White

A week ago, I read Jose Vilson’s Educon 2.3 reflection, “#Educon, Edu-Nerds, Chris Lehmann, and A Slice of Race in the 21st Century”. Jose’s post was a powerful reflection on race, told through an anecdote of a conference session he attended. In that session, a participant commented that inquiry-based learning may be great for some kids, but others might need direct instruction. Chris Lehman, principal […]

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The 12-Minute Shift

When you introduce people to the tools of the Web, things get noisy. People turn to their neighbors and talk, sometimes even about how to do the thing they’re supposed to be doing. (I’m talking about adults, here.) Suddenly there’s not just one idea being kicked around– the leader’s– there are ideas being lobbed in from all sides of the room. People get out of […]

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I’ve been interested to read the  range of blogged responses to Educon 2.3, the education conference held at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, from January 28-30. There was excitement, giddiness, a sense of pleasure and relief over returning to the fold or finding oneself among kindred spirits. There were critical posts, and some expressions of hurt and anger. A number of folks, from Liz […]

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In Which an Educon Newbie Reflects

One-Liners & Pithy Questions I Took Away from Sunday Sessions From Daren Kuropatwa & Dean Shareski’s session, “What’s Wrong with this Picture”: Comment on a YouTube video: “I don’t care if this video wasn’t true. It made me happy.” From Dean Shareski & Alec Couros’ session, “The Ethical Obligation to Teach, Learn, & Share Globally”: If there is no sharing, there is no education. Giving […]

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