I’m writing a series of posts about my experiences at CMK. They’re not necessarily in chronological order. They’ll all make better sense together, so check back and read the whole series. On the night before the project carnival at CMK, the makerspace stays open late. As I’d spent the afternoon working on and off with […]Read More #CMK18 – Writing Poems in the Makerspace
I’ve come to really appreciate the writing of Benjamin Doxdator. His blog posts are thoughtful and take me places I haven’t been before while helping me think in some new and interesting ways. His reflection on his first day of CMK is one of those. In it, he describes his thinking on making after a […]Read More #CMK18 – Artifacts Both Full of Care & Worth Caring For
I’m writing this morning from Manchester, New Hampshire, where I’m about to begin the second day of Constructing Modern Knowledge, a week-long workshop/summer camp/makerspace/learning conference. Put on by Gary and Sylvia, with a cast and crew of plenty of smart and makery others, the event is an opportunity for curious learners to come together around […]Read More #CMK18 – Day 1
This time of year, I think about transitions. For many teachers and schools, it’s the time of year when the school year has just ended, is ending, or is soon to end. Some folks will be moving on. New roles. New jobs. New opportunities. The summer ahead is about what was and what isn’t and […]Read More What You Have May Well Be Enough (or Three Chords Can Make Beautiful Music)
Recently, I had one of those little moments that mean the world. It was a moment that could have gone off the rails at several points, but it didn’t. A young man came into the library with his mother to explain what happened to the drone they borrowed from us. They returned the case, and […]Read More Sometimes, Things Happen Rightly.
It was a little more than a year and a half ago that I realized that I wanted to explore what it means to be engaged in civil discourse. Not casually, but to make it a thing I came back to on a very regular basis. We were changing administrations, there was an election lingering […]Read More So We’re Doing This Thing: #amorecivildiscourse
Dan relates a recent experience he had with some 5th graders and a problem that changed as they explored it: In most of my classroom visits lately, I am trying to identify moments where the class and I are drafting our thinking, where we aren’t looking to reach an answer but to grow more sophisticated and more precise […]Read More It’s A First Draft World.
Three incidents today, all tied up in the same big idea, but each their own moment1. The moments first. This morning I was in a meeting with several of my colleagues on a curriculum project. One of today’s tasks was to finalize a naming scheme for several fo the files in the release of the […]Read More Letting Go Of What You Love
Late last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on the Thinq Studio’s one day unconference. I’ve been watching their work from afar, and following along as some smart folks do wide things. But I was looking forward to spending some time with local colleagues and teachers to explore issues around teaching differently. The […]Read More #Rethinq18 -ing Things