Author Archives: Brian

Constructive Learning Is …

7 Years ago Doug Noon, an elementary teacher in Alaska, who some will remember for his fantastic blog “Borderland,” which unfortunately he decided to end awhile back, challenged his readers to write their own blog posts about what constructive learning … Continue reading

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A Whole ‘Lotta Shaking Goin’ On

I recently happened across this piece I wrote in 2002 for a writing class, in fact my Northern Nevada Writing Project class,  about my experiences during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and its aftermath. (Side note – Corbett Harrison who … Continue reading

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Tales Out of School

In my travels I’ve recently heard some interesting, if not disheartening tales. Several teachers I met shared being at a school board meeting where a school board member told about visiting middle and high schools and being appalled at seeing … Continue reading

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Who Gets Noticed? Telling? Or Not So Much? You Decide

A few weeks ago I noted to a local education reporter here that their Twitter follows included basically zero (or only VERY few) educators – almost all politicians and other media people and  neo-reformers (Rhee, Broad, Students First, etc.). To … Continue reading

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Beginning of the Year Classroom Learning Ideas

Over the years I’ve posted about lessons and activities I’ve used successfully to start off the year. Here are some of them in case they help: 1) “Getting To Know You” is how I started my year with my students … Continue reading

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HackEd ISTE 2013

  Just spent the day at what used to be called EduBloggerCon (and a few other iterations over the years). As always great folks having conversations about where education could / should be going. Now I’m actually sitting in the … Continue reading

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A Professional Learning Community/Network Example

Or: “Why many educators find Twitter and other social networks indispensable.” I’m currently attending the NSTA STEM Forum and Expo in St. Louis. Last night while taking a class on using telescopes in the classroom,  not far from my house … Continue reading

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A sign of the times?

When I visited an elementary school today I saw this on the door to the computer lab:               Learning is messy!

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STEM-ing the Tide of Education Reform

NOTE: This post was originally published at the Voices from the learning revolution blog. “Everybody in this room understands that our nation’s success depends on strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation. And that leadership tomorrow … Continue reading

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A “Crushing” STEM Experience

Today was one of those great days when I get to work in classrooms … 3 fourth grade classes … 2 of them in the same school I visited, and 1 class 2,000 miles away. First I helped set up … Continue reading

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