Category Archives: Cooperative Learning

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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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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