Category Archives: Cooperative Learning

Some of the Messy Parts of learning – Or What We Did After Testing

Diatoms, 3500x magnification, taken with scanning electron microscope, University of Nevada, Reno – by John Kevin McCormack When I was first exposed to the idea of having students do project work, I remember the presenters saying that it was the … Continue reading

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Stickleback Fossil Video

My class finished our latest video project on the last day of school (Wednesday). We were under such a time crunch that groups were literally doing voiceover work the last day as we also moved my stuff to the room … Continue reading

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An Education Summit Meeting For Change!!!

Possibly the most recurring theme that makes the rounds of the edbloggosphere is why the nation, states, school districts, schools and teachers have not been more open to change. Change in how schools do school, embrace technology and project-based, problem-based … Continue reading

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CELL-EXLL, SFA, GLAD Are Too Much and Not Enough

Since a few years before NCLB really raised it’s head, standardized testing was already a fact of life for “Title 1” schools (law for “Improving The Academic Achievement Of The Disadvantaged”) and we started to have mandatory “Research-based literacy programs” … Continue reading

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Uh-Oh! We Might Have Messed Up School Reform! (I Told You So)

From “Are We Fixing the Wrong Things?” By Yong Zhao, – University Distinguished Professor of Education and Director of the U.S.—China Center for Research on Educational Excellence, Michigan State University: “Creativity—and not standardization—may be the driving force behind an effective … Continue reading

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Are We Safer In The Dark? – REDUX

In light of today’s Dopey… I mean DOPA legislation I’m resurecting a recent post: You have a toddler at home. The street in front of your house could be dangerous. They could get hit by a car or picked up … Continue reading

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Being Different Is A Solution, Not A Problem!

Another example of our “Messy” learning. Being Different Is A Solution, Not A Problem! is a 60 second Public Service Announcement we made for our local PBS station KNPB. Each group of four students designed a scene in the video … Continue reading

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More Assessment On The Run

In my post Project Learning – Assessment On The Run I talked about how when you do project based learning you plan the projects to teach specific standards, but students are exposed to and learn a bunch you didn’t plan. … Continue reading

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Response To: Powerful Beyond Measure

Miguel Guhlin posted a great piece today Powerful Beyond Measure that is a must read. In it he states: “The words of Isaiah, as Bonhoeffer shared them, are, “He who believes does not flee.” The words strike home as I … Continue reading

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Project Learning – Assessment On The Run

This is the hard part about project-based learning for many people. The very best part, the most exciting learning – the “Magic” of project-based learning is often what just happens spontaneously – the messy part. Yes, you go through the … Continue reading

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