Category Archives: Cooperative Learning

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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Marsopolis – Design A creature to live on Mars

View the video of our Mars Creatures discussed below. After going over some of the basics on space travel, facts about the solar system, and some lessons on the unimaginable distances in space – one of the first activities I … Continue reading

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Response to: Is Experimentation Ethical?

Doug Johnson over at The Blue Skunk Blog made me write this post in response to this: Questions that come from the dark side of the force… Why should a teacher be given any more latitude to be “creative” with … Continue reading

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Learning Is Messy – A Modest Beginning

There’s a lot more to do, but at least I finally got some of our “Messy” work archived on our Learning is Messy web site. I have a backlog of video work to add as yet – 4 more geology … Continue reading

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An Important Part of the “New Story”

Let’s face it, one of the biggest obstacles for elementary school teachers to overcome to feel safe teaching and doing much outside of language and math instruction, is the notion that students have to have mastered those subjects to be … Continue reading

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Marsopolis – Real, Messy Learning

My class got started this week on a 7 week project we will participate in with almost 500 other students from 9 schools in my district from 4th to 8th grade. We call the project Marsopolis. The students will work … Continue reading

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Just Do Reading and Math?

The New York Times reported today that schools have been cutting back on science, social studies, art, PE, and other subjects to push reading and math. Like where have these people been? This is just coming to light? They don’t … Continue reading

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New Story? Or New Experience?

The “New Story” hasn’t caught on because it is not a new story – it’s not even a tech story or a web 2.0 story. The New Story doesn’t catch on because it is not a story you can hear … Continue reading

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Schools Need To Change – But When?

The edublogosphere has been pleading for an answer to how long it will take to make significant change in how schools do school. From the time I started teaching 25 years ago there has been talk about schools needing to … Continue reading

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