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’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
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
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.
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.
My friend Zac: That’s the opportunity each of us who has the privilege to working with children has each day. We get to change expectations by raising expectations. We get to throw joy where anger or apathy is expected. We get to be kind.We have the exceptional challenge every day of being better versions of […]Read More “We Get To Change Expectations By Raising Expectations”
I’ve been working lately on some resources related to telling stories about the work that the Badges Team of the New Pathways Initiative has inspired and/or been influenced by. I’ve written some about the team and our work – but not enough. I need to do that more. But what I want to capture right […]Read More Badges. They’re Still Not What I Thought They Were.