Category Archives: Teaching Writing

Imagination and Education

The MIND. Engage imagination before opening. To maximize academic performance, academics must be taught as a subset of the larger project of maximizing mental capacity. For both, imagination is essential.  When you watch children at work and play, you see … Continue reading

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Technology Fear Mongering at the Huffington Post

 On March 6th the Huffington Post posted a disgraceful bit of fear mongering by Cris Rowan under the title: 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12. They are pandering to insecure parents … Continue reading

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Before Teaching Skills Engage the Whole Brain

At dinner one evening, when my daughter, Lizzie, was in first grade, she said: “You know how some teachers just let you play? Well, I want to know stuff, and that’s why I like Ms. Lexton; she teaches us stuff.” … Continue reading

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Learning is a Self-Organizing System

What can you trust kids to do on their own? Almost anything if you play your cards right. Please follow and like us:

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The “Soft,” “Non-Cognitive” Skills are Hard, Cognitive and Critical

The soft, non-cognitive curriculum is neither soft, nor non-cognitive, nor a curriculum. One afternoon I met a fifth grade teacher grading papers and writing report cards in a café. When I greeted him he didn’t say “Hi,” but waving Maya’s … Continue reading

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