Our new superintendent has initiated her tenure through this post's titular phrase. While I'm not enamored of the phrase "doing school," I'm all for "thinking different" and I hope my fellow teachers don't, as is to often the case, approach this invitation from our superintendent with the perennial "change fatigue." However, we're two days … Continue reading “Doing School Different”
A few weeks ago I initiated a series of blog posts at PlusUs.org (cross posted here, and vice versa) investigating the rationale for using design-based learning as a teaching method. I wrote I would be delving more into the ways I see design as a method that honors the traditions and goals of liberal education … Continue reading “Only Connect”–They Listen and They Hear
Like many other teachers, I use my summer to reset, refresh, and recharge for the coming year. For me, that means I finally get the time to engage with the words and the voices of people who are interested in shifting the way we--I hate this term--"do school." However, for the past three years (more … Continue reading “What’s that Type of Learning Look Like?”
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!