When does the content we as teachers know start to decay? If I were to think of academic content as a rock and society as water, I could draw a great many comparisons. Academic content, like rocks have three choices when they face water.Choice 1: Rocks can sit in one place with no moving water … Continue reading Content Decay
As a teacher, I know that failure teaches more than success. And yet, by failure, I don’t mean an urbanized understanding of a letter grade. I mean the risk taking and attempts made by a student to solve the riddle that the teacher has produced. This in many ways mirrors a Koan. A Koan, through … Continue reading Elegant Failure
Does this sound like an archaic riddle to you? If so, you might not be alone. However, having the answers to every question means no real growth. Questions are what spark a desire for us to find an answer. Have you ever been compelled to answer questions that just sits there nagging at the back … Continue reading When is a question not a question?
I've noticed that students have an overwhelming desire to be engaged. Similar to what Jane Mcgonigal said in her book, Reality is Broken, students will go out of their way to be engaged. I think students are playing a game that we just haven't figure out the rules for yet. Students are willing to work, … Continue reading Filling a Need
As I go through instructional objectives, professional development ideas, and learning theories, I often wonder about the application of the materials presented. When does the “rubber meet the road?” I think that there are a few of us out there that thrive on the idea that it is our job to problem solve those practical … Continue reading When Ideology meets Practicality
I sat around talking to students once, asking them why they came to school. The most frequent response was because they had to. The ones who wanted to come then struck me as odd. So I asked them why. Their responses focused around some teacher that they had some connection with, because they “made” learning … Continue reading Inspiring Students to Learn
We all think of technology as being the way of the future. However, what is it that educators truly expect technology to do for them in the classroom? As a campus-based instructional technology specialist, I recently stopped assuming and started asking. Here is what I found.Teachers expect six specific things: presentations, collaboration, research, artifact production, … Continue reading What do educators expect of Technology?