Category Archives: Classroom

Keeping my mouth shut

Yesterday, our son was reading a caption of a photograph of Sam Houston from his history textbook and exclaimed, “Texas was its own country?! And this guy Sam Houston was its president?!” I started to open my mouth, to talk … Continue reading

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Our son the maker

Our 7th grader was up early this morning, to finish studying for a Chinese language quiz this afternoon, and at one point, he dashed upstairs for what I thought was more blank flashcards but then came downstairs to ask, in … Continue reading

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Too fast with tech in the classroom?

I got this great email from a great friend, whose daughter is in 5th grade. Here goes: Her “school, and her 5th grade teacher in particular, are really big on ‘preparing kids for the new globally networked society’ – blah, … 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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