Extraordinary Design Thinking: The Extraordinaires Strike Again!

On Monday, July 18, I had the opportunity to get back into the Professional Development sphere.  Working with PlusUs , I was able to do a 1/2 day of professional development for teachers in Philadelphia's University of the Arts "Professional Institute for Educators."  The class is being taught by Phil Holcombe, founder of PlusUs and an … Continue reading Extraordinary Design Thinking: The Extraordinaires Strike Again!

The Most Magnificent Thing

Welcome to the the Extraordinaires Middle School Design club.  On December 9, twelve  middle school students from Perkiomen Valley Middle School East began a journey to develop their innate design muscles and minds through a human-centered approach to problem finding and solving. We began the year with an improvisational theater game to get comfortable with … Continue reading The Most Magnificent Thing

Haroun Reflection

Nothing like having your new student give a shout out to your methods in class…Just saying.

A High School Writer's Life

The project my group did is a Prezi on Allegories. (This link takes you to my file in my Portfolio, which contains the link to the presentation.) We chose Prezi because it was prezifacesomething hardly any of us had used before and we thought it would be cool to play around with it. Despite it being a group project, each of us worked on two or three individual slides. Each of our groups of slides were focused on a central allegory or other topic. At the end, we blended some things into what I think is a fairly good-looking presentation.

I don’t think I’ve done something like this before, in any grade. We were to focus on things like satire and allusion, but we spread our focus over many of them, trying to soak up as much information as possible. Looking back, that doesn’t seem to be very effective…

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Morally Good Lies, Questions, and a Bias Towards Action: Reading, Interpreting, and Making in the Classroom

For the first part of this year my students, in all my classes (9th and 10th grade Gifted English, and Design Lab) have been keeping blogs (somewhat infrequently) on the books we're reading or the things we've been doing in our Design Lab.  What strikes me most about these blogs (and granted, I'm late to … Continue reading Morally Good Lies, Questions, and a Bias Towards Action: Reading, Interpreting, and Making in the Classroom