Category Archives: Teaching Writing

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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Education: Exercises in Paradox

There’s a paradox built into education: the more we know the easier it is to forget that we don’t know. The more we try something and see that it works, the more committed we become to the thing that worked. … Continue reading

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