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

Levels and levels

ha-bannerA final blog post on Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the Salman Rushdie novel we just finished in my Gifted Honors English, grade 10, class.

Improbable Impossibilities

The finale to my thoughts on the book “Haroun and the Sea of Stories”. (Spoilers to those who haven’t read the book)

First off, the ending took me by surprise. While I did anticipate a happy ending (it is a children’s book, after all), the ending was literally artificial, generated with P2C2E. It is also interesting that Butt the Hoopoe is still with Haroun when he is on Earth (and can still speak). Furthermore, no time has elapsed between Haroun’s entrance into Kahani and his departure. Earlier in the book, Haroun is able to enter a story and experience it first hand by drinking water from a Stream of Story, and now, as Haroun returns, it is raining in his town. From the book, “‘It’s the Walrus, making my wish come true. There must be artificial happy endings mixed up with the rain'” (Rushdie 208). This means that, the Eggheads/Walrus in Kahani…

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