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The temple in ruins: A crisis in American education


In this article Jordan Shapiro asserts that “We’re not thinking the right way about learning.”

Having worked as a professional chef, he draws on an analogy from the culinary arts: “Learning to think about food prepares a cook to be comfortable with uncertainty and to adjust the recipe on-the-fly.” 221 more words

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Being a Lifelong Maker

Yesterday I, along with other local educators and administrators, got to take part in a tour of the new makerspace at the St. Louis Science Center… 639 more words


The Game of Life

I saw the above message recently and it resonated with me because, as a high school teacher, I know that a lot of what I’m teaching my students is useless information. 630 more words


Be a Cage-Busting Teacher

As part of my summer recharge, I have a long list of teaching books to re-inspire me in preparation for the next school year. The first book I was excited to read was “The Cage-Busting Teacher… 669 more words


The Fate of the Textbook in the Paperless Classroom

In 2012, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan declared: “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete.” As schoolbags decrease in size and paper and pen take a backseat, the questions surrounding the fate of the textbook continue to escalate. 712 more words


How Important is Classroom Innovation?

George Couros recently posed the question: “Should Every Educator be an Innovator?” He bluntly offers his one-word response that resonates with most: Yes. Highlighting the need for an… 432 more words


Critical Thinking: The Key to Digital Literacy?

How should we define digital literacy? Educational leader and PhD student, Lynnea West, explains her research on the principle ways of redefining education through technology, using digital literacy as a key driver: “I would hope that moving forward, we just call them ‘literacies’ and they’re just considered essential components of good literacy practices. 808 more words