Monthly Archives: June 2012

What it feels like to learn to read

Where is My Bat? – Marathi   I’m in the middle of reading John Holt’s "How Children Learn" and almost hidden in one section of the book is a fabulous professional development activity for teachers. "One day I took a sheet of printing in some Indian language, and tried to find the words that occurred […]

Why people often do not accept the research

Via the @BCAMT email list-serve:   "[T]here is an interesting (and disturbing) literature on situations in which information does not change prior biases or decisions. The word I have seen is ‘motivated reasoning’. … Interestingly, I ran into a problem of ‘motivated reasoning’ with a class of future teachers. The question is: when would research […]

Imagine something different

See this piece of paper? (Image credit: D Sharon Pruitt)   Throw it away. Imagine the limitations of the piece of paper shown above do not influence how you share the record of learning your students have done, with their parents, and the wider community. Now remember the history of grading, which started with one William […]

Looking for feedback on this puzzle game

I’m working on a block puzzle game. The objective is to cover the entire puzzle area with blocks of various sizes. So far I’ve got the basic structure up (it will only run in web browsers that support the Canvas HTML element, so Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, and maybe Opera). Scoring for the game depends […]

An Unfamiliar Revolution in Learning

This video, shared via the Good blog is a must watch. Find six and a half minutes to watch this video, and ask yourself what changes would be necessary in your school to make it more like this one.   The work that this school does on teaching empathy, and understanding what it feels like […]

How does your assessment fit into the big picture?

(Image credit: Dilbert comics) I think this comic speaks for itself. How do your assessments fit into the big picture? Is this clear to your students? (I doubt many educators are giving students assessments that a monkey could be taught to do.)

Nobody remembers names

Almost everyone I meet tells me when I first introduce myself that they are horrible at remembering names. I am patient with them and am happy to repeat my name for this person several times. Why should we expect someone to remember our name the first time? It’s essentially a random piece of information which […]