During Gary Stager’s recent Ask Me Anything session with Deborah Meier, her Habits of Mind and Ted Sizer‘s Essential Principles for schools (especially secondary schools) were discussed. Watch a recording of the Ask Me Anything session, here.
Deborah Meier’s Bridging Differences column with Diane Ravitch, et al.
Books by Deborah Meier
Documentaries made about Central Park East elementary and secondary schools, founded by Deborah Meier.
Deborah Meier’s Five Habits of Mind, as originally explored in the book, The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem.
- Evidence – asking, “How do you know?”
- Connections – asking, “How is this connected to something else I already know or care about?”
- Perspective or Viewpoint – asking, “From whose perspective is this story being told?”
- Conjecture – asking, “How can I imagine a different outcome?”, and
- Relevance – asking, “Why is this important?”
Read and watch how the habits of mind are employed at Boston’s Mission Hill School
Books by Ted Sizer, including Horace’s Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School (all three volumes of the Horace trilogy are essential reading)
The Ten Common Principles of Essential Schools (by Ted Sizer), complete with explanations
The Coalition of Essential Schools website
The Coalition of Essential Schools Remembers Ted Sizer
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.