In Which We Are Introduced to My New School

https://goo.gl/xAkChH On August 10 I will be starting a new school year with new students at a new school. But what does that really mean? Every year we get new students. Every year is a new school year. The only really new thing is the school I will be working at – Meridian School in Round […]

I’m Not a Techie

Technology Cow via http://goo.gl/XR2MYi In 1976 I went to the University of South Carolina to be a dual Math and Computer Science major. I got my math degree but gave up on computers after spending hours at the card punch machine at late hours on the university’s one computer (that also had to do research and […]

If You Borrow It, Tell Someone

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kittiesmademedoit/ Those are words of advice given to me by my Father. Actually it was more like, “Hey, I don’t mind if you want to use my tools but put them back – in the same spot – when you are finished.” Isn’t that really the point of attribution? You are borrowing someone else’s words […]

Exploring Design Thinking as a PBL Guy

Via Eric White This week I will be meeting with other BIE National Faculty (NF) members at our annual Spring Summit. For the summit we have broken into Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) and I am with the Design Thinking (dt) group. We will be sharing with the other NF and we are looking at how […]

It’s Time For a Project

  https://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/ It’s that time of year again for many (most?) of us in the K-12 world of the United States to deal with standardized testing. And there are many teachers who have been waiting until “that test is over” to start a pbl project. There are some of you who can’t see past the […]

Another Take on Problem Based Learning for Math

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gpforeducation/ I have been wrestling with the marriage of Project Based Learning (PBL) and Math for nearly 8 years now.  A few years ago I moved towards Problem Based Learning (PrBL) instead of Project Based for math. It just seemed to make more sense. With PrBL there are shorter time periods to complete a problem […]

What is Essential For Successful PBL?

    http://earthmosaic.org/index.html This year the Buck Institute for Education (BIE.org), of which I am on the National Faculty, is re-examining the “Essential Elements” for PBL. As I was thinking about it I remembered that I have posted about these elements a few times, over the years, and I came across this post from July […]

Make That Desert Project More PBL’y

http://goo.gl/XqZSjZ Friend of mine had their son bring home a “project” to make a cell membrane.  I sighed. But then I thought about how the teacher could have done something with the same material. And it hit me – science teachers need to see how to take that internet or youtube project and make it […]

Resolve to Stop Using the Word “Fail”

http://goo.gl/ssvt4z This year I want to see educators using the word “fail” less. In 2013 and 2014 it seemed like it was the word to use when it came to discussing student resiliency. Half a century ago Winston Churchill talked about failure not being fatal. He then went on to emphasize the importance of not […]

Take Time to be Thankful (even in a crappy year)

Via Smithsonian There is so much going right in my world that I shouldn’t dwell on the downer stuff – but the holidays push me towards that abyss. And no one would fault me for whining and complaining. But I’m going to try and take a different tack. Tomorrow will be the first Thanksgiving that […]