I was helping a teammate at the library today think through how to help a student. The student, a middle schooler, was doing a report on illness and needed some sources for their “research report.” The student rejected my teammate’s help out of hand because the student needed a “print source,” and my teammate pointed […]Read More “Print” Sources in the 21st Century
I’m writing this morning from the last morning of the Building New Pathways Working Meeting, which stopped being a Listening Retreat and became the Working Meeting at around 10:30am yesterday, as the larger group of assembled National Writing Project leaders headed home and a smaller subset of the group stayed to begin their work as […]Read More Badges. #nwpleads Badges.
I’m working this week from Austin, Texas, where I’m at the Building New Pathways event with the National Writing Project. One of my more interesting consulting projects right now is working on this project, a deep dive into how we build and sustain new pathways for leadership development in the local sites, and the national […]Read More Me, #nwpleads, and 2 Metaphors for NWP Leadership
I’m speaking tomorrow with my wife’s college course for preservice teachers on the teaching of writing. I’m the featured expert on “digital writing.” Whatever that is. Over the last week, the students in the course have been jotting some questions and thoughts down on a Google doc in preparation for the session. I basically asked […]Read More What’s This Digital Writing Stuff, Anyway?
I’m working this weekend with the Compose Our World project, and we’re digging in hard to the curricular units that we proposed we’d develop in that work. As we do so, we’re struggling with notions of when to allow for choice and when to constrain it. Constraints aren’t evil – they can be quite helpful […]Read More On Constraints, Road Maps, and Driving Directions
Earlier this evening, I had a conversation with a colleague who is thinking hard, very hard, about how to teach and perpetuate SEL1 principles in classrooms in deep and meaningful ways for children. We ended up talking because I pushed a bit to ask that, as she creates resources to be used widely by Very Important […]Read More On Agency, and #whyIwrite
On a conference call today. Heard that some of the participants on a project I’m working on are waiting to see what the entire scope of the project needs to look like before they jump in and try something new in their classrooms. The problem is, that we’ve recruited these participants for this project because […]Read More If You Never Try to Be Brave, It Certainly Won’t Happen
The other day, I pulled up to a fast-food joint, trying to grab a quick bite.1 I ordered the value meal2, but I quit drinking soda a year or so ago, so I asked if I could just have water. I didn’t mind getting charged for it, I told the disembodied voice out my car […]Read More “The System Won’t Let Me”
Last month, I had the privilege of giving the keynote address for The Future Ready Summit in Denver. Ben recorded the audio, and was kind enough to share it with me. So I’m sharing it with you. Direct Link to Audio http://budtheteacher.com/podcasts/budtheteacher/BudHuntKeynoteFutureReadyDenverJune2015.mp3 Not sure if it’ll translate without the visuals – so the slides are […]Read More The Podcast: Future Ready?
The number of people who believe that education is simply pouring facts into children, whether those children like it or not, is astounding to me. We won’t serve children better by buying better funnels for those facts, or better shovels for those facts, or better containers for those facts once we get them into the […]Read More Stop Filling Pails