Learning vs. Doing School

The next post in my 200 Word, 3 blog challenge from IMMOOC: What are your connections to the “School vs Learning image (see above)? What would you add or modify? Let's talk about "connections."   "Connections" was the name of the middle school humanities course I developed and evolved over a course of 20 years … Continue reading Learning vs. Doing School

A Vision of Education’s Future: Time is not an Arrow

I'm trying to keep up with the amazing George Couros and the MOOC for his book, The Innovator's Mindset.  I attempted his 1st MOOC, back in the fall of 2016 (see here), failed, and so I'm picking up here on the new #IMMOOC: prompt #3:  Three blog posts of 200 or less words. Prompt #1:  Discuss … Continue reading A Vision of Education’s Future: Time is not an Arrow

I’m Just Sitting Here Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round

My students just finished a unit about the forces or personal philosophies that drive us to make the choices we make in life.   In essence, we explored the Roman notion of carpe diem. Some students interpreted Horace's words with an urgency, much as the students in Dead Poets Society did when teacher John Keating entreated them to make … Continue reading I’m Just Sitting Here Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round

Insights and Conversations with Anya

Two students who are working on an Independent Study with me. Fearless? Indeed! We all must be so if we are to take on the challenges the world presents to us. If all we ever do is what the system tells us to do, we’ll only get what the system wants: obedient, compliant, widgets. Ain’t no one I know who wants to be just a widget…though it is far simpler and more comfortable to just do what you’re told.

Hmmm reminds me of the Peter Gabriel Song: “We do what we’re told (Millgram’s 37)”

Curiosity in Education

On Thursday we had the chance to Skype with Anya Smith. If you don’t know Anya, you should take a look at our Voices page and head over to her blog at PinyaBananas.wordpress.com.  Sharing passions for design, education transformation, and theater, we feel like she’s a kindred spirit.

Now a senior at Mount Vernon Presbyterian High School, Anya has been able to seize the most out of her learning. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has wholeheartedly embraced design thinking and makes it a central facet of their students’ mindset and education.  They boast curiosity and passion being the drive behind education at their school. With MVIFI (the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation), Mount Vernon focuses on education transformation through people-centered design. Students work through the design process to explore, create, and innovate.

During Anya’s freshman year in high school, she was assigned a project in a history class called the…

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