1. Why don’t schools accept music performance as evidence of students’ math achievement?
What’s to stop you from saying a competent cover of The Joker earns some kid a B in coordinate graphing across multiple x-axes, counting by fractions, and calculating sums using functions all at the same time? Can you do that? Isn’t that automaticity?
2. Is there a “draw-aloud” accommodation for kids taking standardized tests?
What good is it to know that a kid is a kinesthetic or spatial or visual learner if you give primacy to reading and writing on the assessment that represents his or her learning in your class? Can you assess the same skills from making writing out of reading as you can from writing about reading? Is the point of our enterprise to learn or to learn to read and write, and how long will it be that way given Moore’s Law and whatnot? Is the point access or replication? How do we see something new while dissecting the same models of thinking we’ve prized for centuries?
3. How would students model your class in the Forge?
How much of all this is about what the kids can’t do, and how much of it is about what we can’t understand or predict? Is the kid spending hours at a time designing video game levels to share over the Internet really doing a worse job than we are of preparing him or her for a career? Do we hand him or her Watership Down or Game Programming for Teens? Do we assess his or her work, or do classmates? How do we help kids scratch beneath the surface of, say, Scratch, without knowing how? Alternately, if you lit crit a Master Chief, does he not wax moralistic and civic? (I, for one, am patently unready to become a cyborg super-soldier for my planet, but maybe somebody else will need to heed that call.)
4. If you had to give up your classroom, would you be sad?
Do you need a central location from which to decentralize teaching and learning? Could you solve the teacher-pay problem by sufficiently decentralizing yourself into subscriptions? Would your division let you? What if you agreed to profit-share? Would you work at the BuzzDing! Virtual School?
5. Who are the nine people you need around you to change teaching and learning, and have you asked if you can work together yet?
Have you rented out the Hall of Justice yet? If you had to give up your Hall of Justice, would you be sad?