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Writing at the Cooperative Catalyst:Week in Review 10/24-10/31

Happy Halloween! Wow, what a week, it started out slow, but ended with a blast of output! 9 post and over 1000 views to our site! I went away for a few minutes and two more posts were added. These Week in Review posts are for those of us that like to see everything in one place, and for those that might of missed a post or two this week. The topics this week ranged for teacher led school to student led classrooms from methods of learning to passion and curiosity.

The conversation has been very rich and complex, and with all our different voices, we are moving change forward. Also I want to Welcome Jennifer Sertl and Stephen Hurley, Thank you for joining the Cooperative and we look forward to your insights, wisdom, questions and challenges in the future!

Here is a look back at last week! Please take a moment or two to look over the week’s posts and comment on the ones you missed! Also looking for a archive post for this week! Who wants to choose?

Here’s to a great week ahead!

-Cooperative Catalyst

Who’s the Boss?

November 1, 2010

This past Friday, my school attended a mini-conference at another school. When I arrived, I was amazed to find out that my two sessions had been pre-selected for me. I didn’t quite know what to think. As a co-organizer of edcamp Philly, an unconference, it was mind-blowing to have no choice in what I was… [Read more…]

Levers for transformation

October 31, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the idea of levers–you know, those simple machines that allow you to raise a load with a certain degree of mechanical advantage. I attended a public forum on equity a few days ago, and one of the speakers posed the question, “What are the levers that will… [Read more…]

Introduction from the Great White North–Well not white yet!

October 30, 2010

Greetings everyone, I happened upon your cooperative through a tweet that I followed, and was absolutely thrilled to find this site. As soon as I started reading some of the entries (I haven’t been through all of them yet), I knew that I needed to be a part of this conversation. My name is Stephen… [Read more…]

Alternative Educational Models in the Wild

October 30, 2010

Hi all.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the the model that Illich puts forth in “Deschooling Society” and wanted to open a discussion about technology-facilitated, student self-directed education.  Skip on down to The Thoughts if you’ve read “Deschooling” or want to skip my summary of his proposed school replacement. The Summary Illich advocates throwing… [Read more…]


October 29, 2010

i wish i was here more. every time i come – i renew. and the more connections i make… the more i realize i can’t adequately thank anyone. Alec Couros tweeted this quote not too long ago. that’s exactly how i feel. “I am part of all that I have met” ~Tennyson — then Seth… [Read more…]

The Most Objectionable Thing About Waiting for ‘Superman’

October 29, 2010

The Most Objectionable Thing About Waiting for ‘Superman’ is the cartoon imagery portraying teaching as peeling back the skull of a student and pouring in information. That Davis Guggenheim chose to use that imagery demonstrates to this teacher how little he actually understands about teaching. If teaching were only the transmission of information, we would… [Read more…]

Fostering Passion and Curiosity (Guest Post by Jennifer Sertl)

October 29, 2010

Hello. My name is Jennifer Sertl, President of Agility3R. It is an honor to be asked to contribute to the Cooperative Catalyst – where education is being changed at the speed of speech. Being given a chance to share my voice, I felt the greatest contribution I could make was to evoke in all of… [Read more…]

You Want Ideas? We Have Ideas!

October 29, 2010

A blogging  challenge has been set forth for November 22, 2010, to blog for real educational reform.   Tom Whitby had also set forth one for October 17 and the blogs are listed here. Please join us, and add your blog link on November 22 to the comments here.  We’ll compile them into this blog so… [Read more…]

The Real Cause of Burnout

October 28, 2010

I sputter through a lesson, watching students painfully trying to grasp the concept of cultural relativity and its limits and virtues.  They wrestle with the concepts in groups and slowly move forward into questions surrounding genocide.  Minutes earlier the class had analyzed the character development based upon the plot and setting, but now we are… [Read more…]



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