Category Archives: teaching

It’s time to consider backward design…your students already have.

Recently I attended a training on Understanding by Design (UbD). Otherwise known as Backward Design, this curriculum design methodology popularized by Jay McTighe and the late Grant Wiggins encourages the designer to plan with the end in mind, seeking clarity … Continue reading

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“The benevolent future of the Internet”

I first heard this TED Talk through NPR’s TED Radio Hour. Links to both the video and the NPR segment are below. http://www.npr.org/2012/05/18/152883399/how-do-you-make-a-virtual-choir?sc=17&f=57 http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/eric_whitacre_a_virtual_choir_2_000_voices_strong.html In the transition to a 1:1 school, and at the beginning of the school year for … Continue reading

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Seeing YOUR world through someone else’s eyes

Penpals, epals, skype sessions, Hangouts… For decades students have benefited from the classroom practice of communicating with students from other cultures.  Two decades ago email allowed that communication to be almost immediate.  Chat, and then videochat gradually increased the value … Continue reading

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On jargon, professional language, and gazing upon the art of teaching

This is NOT a drawing of a horse It’s Pablo Picasso’s Guérnica, and there are countless conversations to be had in every square foot of this painting (the painting itself is 11 feet x 25 feet).  One would only describe … Continue reading

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Just how hard is “integrated studies” anyway?

As Co-director of PLCs in the Junior High, I have the exciting privilege (and obligation) to participate in each of the school’s PLCs: English, Math/Science, History, and Language.  Thursday was my first opportunity to observe another PLC in this capacity, … Continue reading

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Learning in our times and discovering curriculum: two reflections from Richardson’s ISTE Ignite presentation

This blog will not hereafter be a list of habits that I’m building; however, I will mention one little habit that I’ve decided to take up: do something with everything. I attended the Lausanne Laptop Institute in Memphis in mid … Continue reading

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In search of school-wide Essential Learnings/Questions

The purpose of this post is two-fold: see title–that pretty much explains it I hope to expand my learning network, so feel free to comment if you subscribe to this blog, but by all means SHARE THIS with your own … Continue reading

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