The Strange Reality of Engagement

The Strange Reality of Engagement

The reality of “student engagement” hit me square in the face yesterday as I sat in an ASCD presentation by Alison Zmuda and Robyn Jackson. In it, they shared their keys to engaging students in the classroom. During the session, I couldn’t help but compare...
Learning as Cuisine

Learning as Cuisine

As I’ve been working on my session for this Saturday, I’m referencing a metaphor for thinking about learning in terms of food, one of my favorite topics. Since I won’t have the time to explore this idea thoroughly in the session, I decided to expand on...

The Three I's of Curriculum

Last week I wrote about how design principles should apply to curriculum. I’ve been thinking about one of those elements in particular: the idea of white space. This isn’t really a new concept, but I think it bears some examination. Curriculum today is...

Warning: May Be Hazardous to Your Assumptions

Due to the nature of this post, the Department of Blogging requires that I begin with this statement: Notice: The consumption of raw or undercooked blog posts may increase your risk of thought-​borne illness. Be aware that the ideas I’m going to share...

ISTE 2010: Emerging Themes

Two themes are emerging in what I’m learning here at ISTE 2010. These aren’t new ideas by any stretch, even to me. It’s just that they are being driven home in very powerful and deep ways. The world is small and flat. Not precisely in the sense that Thomas Friedman...