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Balance

Balance

Ah, balance! Balance is the Fabreze of education policy. It is a chemical spray designed to mask the stench of a two year-old tuna sandwich found in the minvan with the artificial bouquet of an April rain dancing on a lily pad. Balanced literacy got us systemic phonics. Balanced math begot Singapore Math worksheets. Balanced standards produced The Common Core. Balanced policy debates produced No... [Read more]

___Thinking

___Thinking

Thinking and learning are strong proud words. When educational publishers or policy-makers seek to modify such terms, (re: design thinking, discovery learning, computational thinking…), the result seems less than the individual parts. We get “design thinking” without any design; “computational thinking” without computation; “discovery learning” where the... [Read more]

Why the NYC Schools Must End the Student Cellphone Ban

Why the NYC Schools Must End the Student Cellphone Ban

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a New York Times reporter asking to interview me about Mayor Bill DiBlasio’s promise to end the ban on student cellphones in New York City public schools.. I replied immediately via email and called the reporter to tell her I was unavailable for a few hours, but that I provided my views on the subject via email from my iPhone. She agreed to call me... [Read more]

Playground Poem

Playground Poem

As far too many American schools become obsessed with time-on-task, achievement, and beating the rest of the world in long division, play, recess, and even socializing over lunch fade into memory. Kids in schools lucky enough to still have art, drama, or music programs often have to wake before dawn to attend “zero period” or stay at school until dark, followed by an obscene quantity of homework.... [Read more]

Gary Stager’s Full ASCD Interview About Making

Gary Stager’s Full ASCD Interview About Making

Following my presentation at the March ASCD National Conference, Sarah McKibben of ASCD interviewed me for an article, If You Build It: Tinkering with the Maker Mind-Set, published in the June 2014 issue of ASCD Education Update. As is often the case, just a few of my comments made it into the final publication. Since I responded to a number of interview questions via email, I am publishing my full... [Read more]

Need Some Ideas for Learning with Your 3D Printer?

Need Some Ideas for Learning with Your 3D Printer?

Available Now! I’m enormously pleased that our publishing company, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, has just released The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom – Recipes for Success. The book is currently available in print and Kindle formats from Amazon.com. The following is the text of the Foreword I wrote for the book. I hope you enjoy it. Foreword 3D printers are... [Read more]

TEDs? I’ve Had a Few…

TEDs? I’ve Had a Few…

All of my friends know I have serious reservations about smarmy self-important libertarianism of TED and loathe speaking in the format – essentially a television program without any of the accoutrements of a television studio. That said, I’ve now performed three of them. My first TEDx Talk made me ill for months before and weeks following the talk. The pressure was unbearable. You see,... [Read more]

Lesson of the Day

Lesson of the Day

Four out of five kindergarteners agree. . Foam blocks suck.   Tweet This Post Read More →

Wasted Intensity

Wasted Intensity

“Young people have a remarkable capacity for intensity….” Those words, uttered by one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, has driven my work for the past six or seven years. It is incumbent on every educator, parent, and citizen to build upon each kid’s capacity for intensity otherwise it manifests itself as boredom, misbehavior, ennui,... [Read more]

A Love Letter

A Love Letter

Papert circa 1999 enjoying the work of a middle schooler I’ve been thinking a lot about my friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. Seymour Papert a lot lately. Our new book, “Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom,” is dedicated to him and we tried our best to give him the credit he deserves for predicting, inventing, or laying the foundation for much of what we now celebrate... [Read more]

My Interview in California School Business Magazine

My Interview in California School Business Magazine

A boyhood dream has come true. I was interviewed by California School Business Magazine! I certainly sized the opportunity to pull no punches. I left no myth behind.  Perhaps a few school business administrators will think differently about some of their decisions in the future. A PDF of the article is linked below. I hope you enjoy the interview and share it widely! Edtech Expert Discusses the Revolution... [Read more]

Please Stop Spreading Manure

Please Stop Spreading Manure

Almost daily, a colleague I respect posts a link to some amazing tale of classroom innovation, stupendous new education product or article intended to improve teaching practice. Perhaps it is naive to assume that the content has been vetted. However, once I click on the Twitter or Facebook link, I am met by one of the following: A gee-whiz tale of a teacher doing something obvious once, accompanied... [Read more]

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