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. Tonight I write about someone I will not name. I met her at Constructing Modern Knowledge. Her name and role are not important (for […]Read More #CMK18 – Make Magic Happen. Believe in People.
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
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?