Some of this post has been in my drafts folder for maybe a couple of months now. It was inspired by some planning work that Katie and I were doing for a workshop at reMAKE Education in California the week before last1. It’s also inspired by a conversation I overheard2 this morning around some folks […]Read More On Boundaries, Constraints, & Kits
I’ve been reading a book that’s a bit of choir preaching for my world. But Toby reminds us that, sometimes, you’ve gotta preach to the choir in order to get them to sing. It’s called Caring for Words, and the person who recommended it to me said she thought I’d like it. Boy, was she […]Read More Own The Words You Use. And Use Them Carefully.
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
This post is a bit dated – found it in the drafts folder, dusted it off, and am sharing it now.. The request hasn’t left my mind since offered a couple of months ago. I ended up have an unexpected visit with a mentor of mine yesterday. It’d been a while since we’d talked and […]Read More Be Less Hesitant
When I left my last job, and the team of great people I got to call friends and colleagues, I left behind a note for them as the best possible way I could say some of what I wanted to end our professional relationship with. Much of that note was for them, and has no […]Read More In a Moment of Transition, A Challenge to Myself
I’m not. I cringe when I hear it used lately. And I say that as someone who used to have it on my resume. Right up near the top. Because for me to empower you, especially when I hear the word used by others, I’ve got to have something that you don’t have, and […]Read More I’m Not in Love with the Word Empowerment
No one has come out openly for the smashing of television receivers, teaching machines, or even computers, but there is an uneasy feeling among some educators that technology is dehumanizing education. There is conversion that the student is becoming a programmed robot; that decision making in matters of school management, methodology, and even curriculum, is […]Read More Investing Meaning, Clarifying Objectives, and Remembering Care
Last Fall, I began a new learning adventure, one that many of my friends and family have been on for far longer, and with more success, than I. I started running. I began with a series of training exercises that took me from no distance to being able to run a 5K (3.1 mile) distance. […]Read More Defining Success in Learning, or, So I’m a Runner Now