A Conversation About Big Shifts

Independent schools across the country are beginning their school year with long days of faculty/staff meetings dominated by talk of new policies or procedures, and instructions about how to manage events in September, among other activities. Unfortunately, what’s usually missing are big picture conversations about how we all might rethink […]

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10 Tools to Get Started with Blended Learning

I’m often asked by teachers how to get started doing Blended Learning. My answer is always “why do you want to try Blended Learning?” Rather than trying to be cheeky or coy about my practice, I’m trying to begin a conversation about the value of moving learning online. If you […]

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August 4, 2012 Mike Gwaltney curriculum,edreform,education 3 responses

What to Teach is What’s Usually Missing in Ed Reform Debates

So frequently today, we read about the problems of education being about how students are taught – pedagogical theories are debated, teachers’ methods are scrutinized, and charters proliferate based on promises that they’ve found the magic strategy for teaching mastery of standards. Unfortunately, we don’t spend enough time discussing the […]

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July 22, 2012 Mike Gwaltney no responses

Moyers: The NRA has brought a Great Fraud into our History

People will be surprise to find what they may consider to be a political posting on my blog. But this only seems like common sense to me. Doesn’t it just seem like common sense that we should consider practical solutions in the wake of yet another mass gun tragedy? As […]

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The Trouble with “The Trouble with Online Education”

Mark Edmundson, professor of English at the University of Virginia, has an op-ed in today’s NY Times called The Trouble with Online Education. I can’t pass up the opportunity to make a quick critique, as he makes a critical error in his piece – assuming that the employment of a […]

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