Wonder Woman needs her shield.

  It is kind of like Wonder Woman leaving her lasso of truth around a rock on Themyscira. It’s as if she forgot her vibranium shield in that tower before setting off for London. And her bracelets of submission? Back in the Paradise Island bathing grotto. Diana still has her cunning curiosity and empathetic outlook.Continue reading “Wonder Woman needs her shield.”

Our Learning Pledge

“What’s the ‘big idea’ for our conference?” Jim asked. “That kids need to be more engaged… actively involved in learning activities.” “And how are we starting?” “With your 90 minute keynote speech…” -Opening page of 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong by John Antonetti and James Garver Last year, I attended a webinar on micro-learning…Continue reading “Our Learning Pledge”

The Inseparability of Reflection and Action

“We find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed—even in part—the other immediately suffers.” – Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed Sometimes you give people time to think about something, and things get a lot deeper than you were planning on. You stop for reflection, and they dig intoContinue reading “The Inseparability of Reflection and Action”

Action Objectives Are More Active

A good lesson begins with learning objectives, we are told. We create and then communicate what we intend our students to learn by the end of our time together. Learning is great, but action is better. Teachers, imagine how our teaching shifts when we articulate the actions our students will take because of our lesson. Those creatingContinue reading “Action Objectives Are More Active”

The start of something new

We often don’t think about why we do what we do until well after we have done it. Such was the case with Chunk, Flip, Guide, Laugh, an educational approach that I have subconsciously been developing over the past 15 years without an intentional focus on the purpose behind it. It took a colleague’s request that IContinue reading “The start of something new”