Half the curriculum walks in the room with the students, in the textbooks of their lives. Emily Style Change Opportunity: Proactively “unwriting” the curriculum (Trd. 中文) Emily Style articulated the most important aspect of the “hidden” (or “unwritten” or “informal”) curriculum by reminding us about that important half that walks through our doors each day. … Continue reading “Unwriting Our Starts”
I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed? It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at … Continue reading “When it’s Art and not Science”
Part 1: Teachers Back To School Prep A week before the students returned, ISE faculty and staff were back at it, preparing for the school year through a series of collaborative activities led by our Principal Coordinators, our Learning Design Coach and our new Director, Mr. Don Payne. The week started with Mr. Payne asking … Continue reading “Back to School Learning at ISE: Prep Week and Käsmu Retreat”
Over a coffee at the recent Learning2Asia conference, gamifying guru Robert Appino and I shared stories of our careers as “early adopters” of innovative learning strategies and techniques. He harkened back to a time, not as long ago as you would think, when he was considered the young “lone nut” at his first school because … Continue reading “Why the Factory Model of Schools Persists, and How We Can Change It”
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