As followers of this blog may know, I have been working with and observing a group of Middle School learners since late November as they meet weekly to play and learn with the Extraordinaires Design Studio. We started in November and December by getting to know one another, learning about user-centered design and empathy's central place in … Continue reading Extraordinaires Design Club: Designerly Minded Teachers
I link below to the blog and youtube channel of a student who has taken a passion project/20Time project to levels far beyond my expectations. If you're an educator of any sort, you should take a look at her work. While she is certainly an exceptional student, she could easily be languishing in classrooms that sap her … Continue reading The Modern Learner: Dancing to Learn
Thursday's blog post from George Couros got me thinking, as normal. Take a look at it, especially at the line drawings for what constitutes "Success" (I copy the image above). These doodles are true enough (you'll also find the squiggle as the Design Squiggle ) to the pathways we perceive as leading to success and the … Continue reading The Chaotic Arrow: Musing on the Importance of Perception in School Change.
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