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As we enter February and as we come off the inauguration of the second term of the U.S.’s first African American president, it seems appropriate to talk about Black History Month and its place in school cultures.   Straight up, should we continue to celebrate Black History Month? Yes. Why? We struggle with the application of multicultural education during this one month; it essentially confirms...
I am curious as a cat which I think has a great deal to with my career choices. Sure journalism is a lot about writing but it is also about questions and the search for truth (at least if done right, not the way it seems to be practiced by big media today). Similarly teaching has to be (again if done right) about a constant quest for knowledge and answers to the questions sparked by your classes...
DSCN0008.JPG “I get that all these methods and standards and theories we’re learning about teaching writing are important, but how am I supposed to know if they really work until I have my own classroom?” If you work with or have been a preservice teacher, my guess is that you’ve considered this question on a regular basis. I hear it from my Colorado State...
adam photo.jpg        By Adam Mackie “To speak a true word is to transform the world.” -Paulo Freire Sarah, one of three fifth and sixth grade students gathered around a Mac laptop, reads an ode about the different kinds of hair in her family. She describes her mother’s hair as short and brown and how in the summer it puffs up like a cupcake. Sarah says her sister’s...
                                IMG_2088.jpg No living thing is unitary in nature; every such thing is a plurality. Even the organism which appears to us as an individual exists as a collection of independent entities. - Goethe Every fall, Coloradans head to the mountains to see the aspens turn. For just a few weeks, the stands of trembling green leaves that have...
How can technology support hands-on, interactive literacy learning for students and teachers as well? Increasingly, teachers have access to hardware, software, and the internet; yet many of us continue to feel apprehensive about how to use these resources effectively to enhance our teaching. Technology can’t be the ever ubiquitous “something more” on top of everything else we are expected to...
I've had several really positive interactions this week and last about some of the work we're starting in my school district around make/hack/play.  But in two conversations last week, I was struck that the folks asking me questions had equated "Making" (I'm using the capital "M" when I talk about Making the movement.  Maybe I shouldn't be.) with "building electronic circuits."  That's a bad...
(Re-posted from the Center for Make/Hack/Play, a new project I'm working on.  Find the Center for Make/Hack/Play on Twitter and Facebook.) Lenses are powerful tools.  With the right lens on your camera, you can see things very close up, or incredibly distant.  The right lenses can help you bring light to dark places, or shelter the darkness from too much intruding light.  Turn the lens on your...
At a NSTWP Professional Development Advanced Institute I was co-facilitating, there was much discussion on student culture and identity and using an asset model to best serve our students. My thoughts are this. If each individual being a part of a wider system, and many systems at once, is not aware of his or her identity, this causes potential problems within any network that he or she is a...
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(This is reposted from a book review I had done at my blog. I figure this month's celebration of Connected Educators made it a good time to revisit this wonderful book.)   It says a lot about a book when the last line is “Choose to be powerful.” So ends The Connected Learner: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall. Here is a book that explores the...

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