Some days can blow your whole heart wide open, and remind you why you do what you do. Or at least why what you do matters. I had one earlier and it’s still on my mind. Our library, like most, is a safe place for folks who don’t have any other safe places to go […]Read More The Enormity of Little Things That Are Huge
Over the weekend, I read Dan’s post. I thought it was the right thing to say, and a good way to think about moving a networkish kind of community-esque thing into a better place in a time of networked publicness1 . Stephen’s take is a good reminder of one of my Internet teacher pet peeves: And […]Read More Seek Less Permission
At the library, I’m working with a team of really smart folks who want to offer the best opportunities for our patrons1. One of the reasons I wanted to work with the Clearview Library District was the intensity with which they run programs and events. They – now we – are always hosting active, hands-on […]Read More Making a Maker Space. Again.
A couple of years ago, when I was doing some regular work for an area art museum, my daughter, Ani, asked me if, on our next trip to visit the museum, it’d be okay if we took along some of her artwork to show the museum. That was a tricky conversation we had to have […]Read More Where’s Your Refrigerator?
One of the really difficult things about giving students meaningful choices is that they will sometimes make horrible ones. This isn’t a school problem, so much, as it is a democracy problem. And I’ve met plenty of people who don’t feel that all adults are able to make good choices, either. People don’t always make […]Read More Allowing (And Accepting) Students' Choices Is Hard
It’s probably a month or two ago now that I was talking with my friend Ben about programming and some of the work that he’s exploring and that I’m involved in. There’s a project in my school district, folks working to figure out how to encourage computer science as the “fourth r” alongside reading, ‘riting, […]Read More When Programming Becomes Persuasion
There are some questions that students and teachers ask that we really need to stop asking. No, that’s not quite right – we need to start asking them differently. When I was in the classroom, my students always, in the course of receiving an assignment from me, would ask “How long does this need to […]Read More “How Many Minutes Should We Spend on the iPad?”
For quite a while now, I’ve been concerned that not enough writing is going on in our classrooms1. It seems as though we really want our students to write, but we never seem to give them time or models of writing. Now that devices are going into our classrooms, I regularly see concerns raised that […]Read More Keyboards? Who Needs Keyboards?
I dig technology when it’s used well and thoughtfully and purposefully. Heck, sometimes I just dig shiny things. But I have to say that what I like and what’s worth spending time on and with in a classroom are two very different circles in the Venn diagram of my life. I often hear that teachers […]Read More If You Need a Plan B, Maybe Just Go With That Instead
Earlier this week, I was in conversation with an administrator in the district where I work. She was asking some really good questions around some of the cultural issues she’s been seeing in her middle school which, like all of our middle schools, has just gone 1:1 iPad. At her school, she observed, many of […]Read More Don’t Talk Restrictions. Let’s Talk About Distraction.