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 really appreciated Jennifer’s post last week about body image and where she saw large kids reflected, or misreflected, in literature. It reminded me of my experience. Because I was the fat kid. Still am, in fact. I remember the jokes and the uncomfortable moments and an awful lot of Bud Light references.1 And it’s […]Read More I Was a Fat Kid. I Still Am.
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.
My family spent some time today in Mesa Verde National Park. It’s my third or fourth trip here since my parents moved us to Colorado when I was in junior high school. I was excited to be there in part because it’s beautiful, in another part because it’s fascinating history, and in a third part […]Read More Some Truth Amidst Our Tourism
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. At CMK, Carla Rinaldi shared with us powerful experiences from the Reggio Emilia perspective. There’s much to say about her talk, the feelings it […]Read More #CMK18 – Building The Metaphor Muse
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’ve come to really appreciate the writing of Benjamin Doxdator. His blog posts are thoughtful and take me places I haven’t been before while helping me think in some new and interesting ways. His reflection on his first day of CMK is one of those. In it, he describes his thinking on making after a […]Read More #CMK18 – Artifacts Both Full of Care & Worth Caring For
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
This time of year, I think about transitions. For many teachers and schools, it’s the time of year when the school year has just ended, is ending, or is soon to end. Some folks will be moving on. New roles. New jobs. New opportunities. The summer ahead is about what was and what isn’t and […]Read More What You Have May Well Be Enough (or Three Chords Can Make Beautiful Music)
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.