Category: Education

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Designing for Understanding

So after investigating learning theories and finding my leanings toward the Constructivists, now I am investigating how to go from theory to practice. In the last post I looked at D. Lee Fink’s “Designing Courses for Significant Learning” and it’s focus on what I referred to as the three-legged stool...

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Converting Beliefs and Theories into Course Design

In the last post we discussed how learning theories applied to what I believe about learning. This investigation has been fascinating to take a deeper dive into my beliefs. It has deepened my feelings about active learning. Recently I watched this video from Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik that discusses the difference...

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Investigating Learning Theories

I came into teaching through a non-traditional path and thus I had not spent a lot of time exploring the established learning theories. Often when I heard about Plato, Locke, Skinner, Pavlov, Brunner, Piaget, Papert, I would ponder their relevancy. Realistically, how could these learning theories be cogent when they...

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Challenging Us All To Do Better

Today I would like to present everyone, including myself, a challenge. It is a challenge that my high school teachers failed at with me. I graduated with honors from a very good high school from all measures. I easily passed all the state mandated testing. I took numerous AP courses...

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Crucial Conversations and Their Implications

They say you should always do things in threes, right? Well I just finished the third of what I would consider “business books”, Crucial Conversations. I think it was a great way to bring together my thinking as of late so let’s first start by reviewing my month. I won’t...

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4DX Book Review

I continue to plow through my reading list this year (up to 40 books total thanks to inspiration from @msstewart). Most of the time I switch between an educational or business book and a fun one. I just started The Whistler as I am a sucker for Grisham books even...

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Influencer Book Review

One of the books I am reading to help with organizational change and specifically our Entrepreneur Track initiative is Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Joseph Grenny. This book, like many others on my reading list, are intended for the business world rather than the education world. This...

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The Third Teacher – Learning Space Redesign at Oakridge

“There are three teachers of children: adults, other children, and their physical environment” (Cannon, 2009). This quote from Loris Malaguzzi expresses the importance of the learning environment as the “third teacher.” We have been transforming learning spaces at The Oakridge School for several years. We have totally revamped the look...

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“Here’s to the Crazy Ones”

If you were at a formative age in 1997, you remember the Think Different campaign that coincided with Steve Jobs return to Apple. And you remember the  advertisement that encouraged us to honor the “crazy ones.” Is our current educational system producing the Jim Hensons, the Richard Bransons, the Mohandas Ghandis, the...

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Entrepreneurial Teaser Video

We talked more and more often about the skills students will need to succeed in the future. Often times these surround technology, communication or collaboration skills. We don’t often think about the skills needed to be successful as a self-starter or freelancer. According to this Inc. post 27 million working-age Americans, almost...