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”
The new “question-of-the-week” is: What is the best advice you can offer to a sub, and to the teacher for how he/she can prepare for the sub? Substitute teachers are essential to our schools. Yet, it’s not unusual for students or for regular teachers to take them very seriously. I have to admit that I … Continue reading “Response: Use ‘Compassion’ When Planning for a Substitute Teacher”
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