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Please don’t take my blanket away!

As I was taking my younger daughter to her daycare this morning, making sure I don’t forget her favorite stuffed toy — Piglet, of Winnie the Pooh fame ;-) — a sequence of pictures flashed in front of my eyes: The warmth of our home, causing my brain to recall familiar smells from the baking … Continue reading

Scream when someone takes your spoon!

When I was invited to join this blog, I had lots of ideas what should my first post be about — death to subject silos, put a stop to age segregation, pull parents and even the community into the learning, etc. While I would still like to bring a parent perspective on these important topics, … Continue reading

Action Steps

I know @colonelB (David Britten) asked us to post our action steps the last week of 2010, but we began our winter break early this year with two snow days right at the beginning of it–so I spent those two days sleeping and rejuvenating and I’m now solidly in the “catch up all the thinking … Continue reading

Equity, Opportunity, and Real Learning

I was recently asked in an application  what my interest in K-12 STEM education was.  Here’s my response, along with an additional paragraph with some questions I am considering right now: I remember the fascination I had in high school when I took physics and chemistry. I remember watching and being absorbed in the first … Continue reading

National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform

November 22, 2010 has been declared the National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform, promoted by AASA and ASCD. ASCD has gathered 10 articles, in advance of Monday’s Day of National Blogging, in The New Faces of Ed Reform that discuss reforming education with teachers as leaders and partners in meaningful, lasting change. I can’t wait to see … Continue reading

Global Classrooms

Most of my learning in the past couple of years has come from online interactions. Through conferences, blogs, Twitter, Skype… I have made some wonderful connections and broadened my thinking enormously. I have shared ideas about teaching and learning with educators on every continent. I have interacted with interesting people who have made me think … Continue reading

You Want Ideas? We Have Ideas!

The Day of National Blogging for Real Education Reform was an outstanding success in many ways, and it continues beyond November 22.  While this post was originally set up to archive the links, some organization quickly became necessary.  The links are now mostly alphabetical by title, but a few have been brought forward–the reflections on the … Continue reading

Flexible Learning Space

When I started blogging a year ago at What Ed Said, I thought no-one would care about what Ed said and I’d never have any readers. Now I am part of a worldwide community of educators and loving it. I think a lot about learning, so I’m looking forward to thinking and learning with you… … Continue reading

“I’m going to be as forthcoming as I can be, Mr. Anderson.”

Forget prison; school is the Matrix. When you look at a kid, what do you see? A genius? A business person? An artist? A leader? Someone to lift up? Someone who lifts you? Someone to limit? Someone to control? Someone you love? Someone who fills you with dread? Someone who could be doing so much … Continue reading

Time to Explore Passions in School?

Our county has this time in school in many of our elementary schools called Mastery Extension time or Extended Learning Time–a 30-45 minute time period in EVERY class where Title 1 pullout may happen, sometimes gifted pullout happens, remedial pullout happens and the idea is for kids to get extra time on something they either … Continue reading

Understanding Teaching

I recently wrote this sentence on the 6 Schools, 5 Decades and 1 Dedicated Teacher post: Leading and learning with the adults that surround your kids is just as important as leading and learning daily with your students. Teaching in a silo-especially when you are good at it–is like living in a well, deep and cold. I … Continue reading

Practical Praxis

Continuing our focus of identifying alternative narratives to the testing and accountability rhetoric of current reform efforts, I wish to put forth the Common Ground Charter School in New Haven, Connecticut as an example of how we can do education differently. Common Ground focuses on sustainability, Through challenging interdisciplinary block classes and core academic classes, … Continue reading

a new standard – redefine school

It used to be that content was fixed and process was variable. Today – with unlimited amounts of info.. content is variable Standardized tests on content are no longer viable. and.. process is fixed The web allows for personalization, which provides the optimal learning space, making personal learning networks a viable standard for public education. … Continue reading

We need better PR

How do we organize? Who are the spokespeople? To whom do they speak? How do kids and parents voice their wants and needs? Can they drive this revolution? How do we break into urban ed? Who are our allies there? Which administrators will back our work and make it “safe” for others to join? As … Continue reading

20 Year Old Dinosaurs

Adam and Monika, this one’s for you, in response to your comment here and the ensuing conversation about learning. This is also cross-posted at Reflections of the TZSTeacher. When I taught kindergarten, I had a unit about dinosaurs. Young children are fascinated by dinosaurs.  I don’t know if it’s the “monster” connection, or the big … Continue reading

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