Author Archives: Abner Oakes

Dubai, its schools, and the Common Core

I was in Dubai for a week at the start of November, presenting at a conference and visiting several private schools in that emirate, and before it gets too deeply lost in my memory, a few thoughts on that experience: … Continue reading

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Arguing in science lab!

I’m unsure what Mr. Jacobs, my high school physics teacher, would’ve thought about us arguing in science lab. As much as I liked him and that class, he was a pretty by-the-book kind of guy. But argument sure would’ve made … Continue reading

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Music instruction at school and its impact on learning

I go into many schools over the course of a year, many of which are in urban settings and serve at risk students, and if, during the time that I’m visiting, there is music playing somewhere in the building, I … Continue reading

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Looking around: Creating a learning environment (even without a teacher)

My friend Kevin Washburn (@kdwashburn) is the executive director of Clerestory Learning, author of the instructional-design model Architecture of Learning and instructional-writing program Writer’s Stylus, and co-author of an instructional-reading program used by schools nationwide. He’s the author of The … Continue reading

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Teach Elmore Leonard’s Hombre!

I loved this Elmore Leonard novel, easily my favorite of the Leonard books that I have read, and part of the reason that I loved it was because I could imagine teaching it. It has the layers that make a … Continue reading

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Talking and listening

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal had this great piece by Rob Lazebnik – called It’s True: You Talk Too Much – and it brought me back to a post I did in June on developing good question-askers. In the article … Continue reading

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