Do your assignments treat children as: meaning makers active processers of learning wrestlers of ideas Or do your assignments treat children as: empty vessels to be filled passive processers of your assignments mindless direction followers Read more about “Rethinking Homework” by Alfie Kohn.
Today make it about the spirit of love and learning, not the law of jumping through teacher-created hoops.
Last year at about this time, a few of my students and I wanted to learn how to make a robot. I had heard Gary Stager suggest robot building was one thing you could do with a laptop. I had absolutely no experience or knowledge about making a robot, but I did learn enough to know… Read more Take One Step at A Time
J: Did I use the right ‘their’ here? Me: Yes, how did you know? J: I just guessed. Me: You only had a 1 out of 3 chance by guessing. Maybe it was just a good guess. Or, maybe you know more than you think you do. J: (big smile) Maybe.
I have been trying to figure out how to make our daily experience at school more like genius hour. In my science and history classes I have wanted to experiment with “researcher’s workshop.” I want to allow students to choose their topics, based on the essential concepts and skills in the Core, and then let… Read more Researcher’s Workshop