Monthly Archives: June 2011

Aesthetic experiences in learning: revisiting Sir Ken Robinson

Recently I have been revisiting Sir Ken Robinson’s “Changing Paradigms – How we implement sustainable change in education” lecture for the RSA organization in June 16, 2008. If you have never listened to this lecture, then I strongly urge you … Continue reading

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Involving parents in learning, or else

I thought I was doing the right thing. Yet, my efforts led to a full frontal assault by mom. I ducked. She weaved. I ran. Of course I am talking about a mother starling that had taken exception to my … Continue reading

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A sink full of students and curriculum

I teach science. I teach science in a high school that has neither a lab tech, nor laboratory space that would be considered 21st century. What I do have is a sink, a bunch of teenagers and, what I realize … Continue reading

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10 Minutes to a Respectful School Culture

One of my favorite seasons of the year began yesterday. Gateway season. It’s the four days at the end of the year when our regular school schedule stops for students to present their independent projects and work portfolios to be … Continue reading

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Towards a New National Ed Policy

Recently a friend of mine asked me the following question, “What would your platform on education policy look like if you were running for state or national office?” His question came after several Facebook posts where I had decried the … Continue reading

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