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Learning, Schools and a Great Big World

Learning, Schools and a Great Big World

For those of you who have been regular readers you know I struggle with traditional schooling and how it confines and limits learning. I have raised two children who were interested in computers, gaming, digital art, ancient languages, ancient arts and mythologies, topics not part of most school curriculum.  A good deal of their learning took place outside of traditional schooling, some times instead of it.  I know schools can’t be all things to all people, nor should they.  But…

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Education vs Regurgitation

Education vs Regurgitation

As a brand new teacher I believed I could go thorough my scripted lesson plan, and point like a conductor to select students who I could guide through to the desired out comes.  I believe that if they played along, paid attention and did the work I provided they would all learn and be successful on the tests. If we all just followed the lesson all would be well. But…. there was always the fidgety kids in the back who…

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Thinking about Professional Development

Thinking about Professional Development

Summer is a time for relaxation and renewal for educators.  It is the season where we recharge the batteries, reflect on our success and failure and rethink what we will do next year.  During this “down time” many educators participated in curriculum writing and professional development.  Tim Holt recently shared his thoughts on professional development are we preparing cooks or chefs? They echo some of my thinking. I dislike the term “training”  I am often asked if I will be…

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How To Change Education…

How To Change Education…

Welcome back to school!  Those of us in the world of formal education are now deep into the process and our summers of relaxation, professional development and planning have morphed into the daily work of teaching and learning with our students. As we begin our new school year I would like to encourage you to watch a talk by Ken Robinson on How to Change Education from the Ground Up. Many of us are dealing with changes in curriculum as we…

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Afraid to Ask

Afraid to Ask

I live on Cape Cod a summer tourists destination.  Recently I struck up a conversation with a fellow beach goer.  We chatted about many things.  At one point she asked if I was a local. She said she was afraid to ask as she did not want to offend.  First off what does she think of locals if she thinks I would be offended. But that said, why should any one be afraid to ask a question, are we so…

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Educational Jargon

Educational Jargon

It has been my experience that we all use terms such as learning, education and schooling. We assume we agree on their meaning but I do not think we truly have a shared understanding of these terms.  There are also terms and phrases I wish would not be bantered about such as ‘21st Century Learning’.  Does that mean we learn differently in this century than in previous ones?  To me learning takes place in the mind. How we create understanding,…

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Where are we going?

Where are we going?

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time then you know my views on schooling, education, learning are changing.  More and more I am finding schooling interfering with learning, not for everyone all the time but, often enough that I am not sure we know what we are doing and why.  The article User Generated Learning caught my attention. Though for the most part I agree with the progression I am not sure I agree that…

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