Seamus Heaney died today, burdening my thoughts with a coherent if distant misery. “Whatever you say, say nothing” is my favorite poem by Heaney, dense like musty strata in peat, a reliquary of troubled unknowns unearthed in a reading of its layers. “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine,” is an Irish saying that […]
"Change has its enemies." --Bobby Kennedy
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“Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business or go to medical school.” Wendy Davis, 25 June 2013 A slide show of the day, courtesy of the Texas Tribune.
Em Português Introductory Protip… Always be sure to search for “Junoed” online (not just “Juno”) or you will trudge endlessly through photos of Ellen Page and Michael Cera before finding what you want…(not a totally bad thing, mind you). And please click here for an example Juno “Chapter” or bundle that serves as a model for the description […]
Study and practice are both very important, but they must go hand in hand. Faith without knowledge is not sufficient. Faith needs to be supported by reason. However intellectual understanding that is not applied in practice is also of little use. Whatever we learn from study we need to apply sincerely in our daily lives. […]
Click here and you will navigate to my weekly Scoop.it gazette on modern learning. Although I try to preserve the best stories of the week for the Sunday night edition to give educators and learners some food for thought on Monday mornings (It’s even the beginning of the semester for my school tomorrow–once more to the […]
“Every day is a workshop.” –Will Richardson Innovate 2013, hosted by Graded School in São Paulo, ended on Sunday and now hundreds of freshly charged innovators are heading back to their schools from as close as Sampa itself to as far away as Mumbai. Reactions to the conference were overwhelmingly positive and the sessions I […]
21st Century Learning In Practice From the 19th Century’s Frankenstein to the 20th Century’s Matrix, technology has been evoked to frighten audiences unsure of its impact on human society. We never seem to know just how advanced technology has become and we never seem to be able to keep up with its relentless advance. Even now, […]
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or […]
This past August I seized the opportunity be an early adopter (read: guinea pig) by requesting that my principal let me pilot a transitional gradeless classroom (our goal is to be a fully standards-based high school within 3-5 years). Six months later, I am emerging from the initial messiness of the process (that stage […]
In a video widely shared on social media recently, Comedy Central’s Key and Peele envision a world in which teachers are treated like professional athletes, earning multi-million dollar salaries, with successful teachers placed in failing schools via the draft system and the most elite educators sought after by BMW to endorse the latest […]
Dear Mr. President, Predicated on dissatisfaction for a job half-done, Joseph Thrasher recently took measure of your “Ten Days” in The Guardian. His criticism that recent victories for your administration barely met his expectations for hope and change was, however, penned in a half-hearted “doth protest” tone betrayed by his exhilaration for the pride that Americans could now feel in a president speaking […]
Due to the frenzy and fragmentation of the school day and year—after an appropriate, gentle and well-earned transition—summer is the best time to sweep the shed, clear the cobwebs and put your tools in order ahead of the imminent next semester. Here’s a simple—but thorough—step-by-step process for making it happen: Reflect: Identify a challenge […]
What are your doctor’s MCAT scores? Strange question, I know. How about this one: where did your doctor go to medical school? Maybe more of us know the answer to this question, but not many. Studies by practioners like Harvard’s Ashi Jha (whose byline is “an ounce of evidence is worth a thousand pounds of […]