February 14, 2016 Mike Gwaltney no responses

Top Reads This Week – February 14, 2016

“Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.” Education as a Political Institution, by Bertrand Russell: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1916/06/education-as-a-political-institution/305258/ “That App is My Life” – Teenagers and Snapchat:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/benrosen/how-to-snapchat-like-the-teens 3 Biases that Negatively Affect the Decision to Hire a New Head of […]

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February 7, 2016 Mike Gwaltney no responses

Top Reads This Week – February 7, 2016

Why kids – now more than ever – need to learn philosophy. Yes, philosophy: http://wpo.st/CrT91  How do you prepare children for an unknown future? Innovative model: http://www.nais.org Are ‘Micro Schools’ the new Competition for Private K-12 schools? Personalized, nimble: http://www.edweek.org/ Schools in Finland will no longer teach ‘subjects.’ What of the Finland […]

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iBooks as Public Products

Authenticity is central to excellent project-based learning. In a recent post I explained that to create a meaningful and effective PBL experience, teachers should envision a product that meets a real need, or one that is used for or by real people outside of school. By doing work that students understand has […]

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Creative, Appealing, Meaningful Learning

Grant Wiggins has just written about a study released in 1983 – my freshman year of high school. The study’s conclusions fit what I remember about schooling: “School curriculum is sterile. Topics of great human interest on the way to the classroom are apparently transformed and homogenized into something of limited […]

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Doing Authentic Work in PBL with iBooks

Much of the work that students do for school is just that – work only suited to school. A case in point is the traditional research paper. Where else in life will students have to follow a prescribed formula for presenting research that nobody besides a teacher or professor actually […]

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