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Jun 17 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

This semester I have been experimenting with collaborative assessment. I lead my students through a collaborative process to build their own assessments for assignments. I was first introduced to this idea at our 2014 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference by three Morehead Writing Project rock star teachers: Lindsay JohnsonBrandie Trent, and Leslie Workman...

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Jun 17 2015
Posted by: Dave Chandler

 ALCS Book of Transformations

According to scholar, Bernard Down, Daoists understand that: “Death is like the progression of the four seasons, a natural part of the ebb and flow of transformations which constitute the movement of the Dao.” And, the practice of Daoism is focused on understanding “The way things do what they do.” 

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Jun 02 2015
Posted by: David Perlis

Our kindergarteners are some of our biggest makers at Lighthouse. They make year-round, usually with sewing and woodworking (using handsaws, clamps, drills, and hammers). Now, they are in their second week of testing out a programming unit, and so far it looks like it’s going pretty well.

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May 28 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

I named my blog Metawriting for a reason. One of the foundational principles of my theory of teaching writing (or fostering writers as I prefer to think of it) is that in order to improve writing we need to think about writing and talk about writing – our writing as well as the writing of others. This is one of the reasons why creating a community of writers is so central to my classroom practice.

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May 28 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

Yesterday I lunched with two of the rock star teachers in my life (shout out to Liz Prather and Vickie Moriarity) and, of course, we talked about teaching, our students, and the state of education. I came away with lots of ideas and inspirations, as I always do when I talk with awesome educators, but one thought really resonated with me because I had a really good week in the classroom. I think perhaps one of the most important lessons a teacher can learn is that we...

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May 27 2015
Posted by: David Perlis

Frankly, I don’t know what our official title for this project is. Around the Creativity Lab, we generally just refer to it as “the hand project,” or “hands,” as in: “Students are working on their hands,” or, “Do we have any hands we can show off to a tour group?” So, here it is:

The Hand Project: Build a device that can be manipulated to pick up objects. Grading is based on creativity, effort, and the machine’s ability to effectively pick up a series of objects of...

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May 15 2015
Posted by: Shannon Landin

Today, every industry is powered by software. In my community, Codecraft Lab is an important connector and advocate for making sure every student has a chance to gain the software skills that she or he can use in any industry.

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May 15 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

I’ve been thinking a lot about the issue of student shaming and why we shouldn’t do it. I agree with others who have argued that it is bad for our students  and it is bad for education, but perhaps if those arguments don’t appeal to those practicing student shaming then simple self-interest might.

 

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May 15 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

As the director of a National Writing Project site I am frequently asked by administrators and teachers for a quick fix for the on-demand writing scores of their school or district. Let me be clear – there is no quick fix for “problem” on-demand writing scores. The problem is that anyone thinks that on-demand writing tells us anything more than how students perform on that specific writing task in that specific moment in time. The problem is that this is still a thing (oh John Oliver,...

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May 10 2015
Posted by: Christopher Rogers

One of the greatest things we as technology educators leave with students about computing is “in computing, you will surely only get out what you put in. It can only do what you tell it.”  It is in this lesson that we must understand today’s moment. Integrating technology in the classroom, no matter what educational sales reps promise, will not fix our local and national legacy of educational injustice, inequity,...

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May 10 2015
Posted by: Gail Desler

Twenty years ago, I started on an amazing, ongoing professional development journey by applying for the Area 3 Writing Project’s Summer Institute (SI). I knew from the opening day that my SI experience would provide me with exceptional best practices in teaching writing and, equally important, with an incredible professional learning community.

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Apr 21 2015
Posted by: Patricia Zaradic

At Friends Central School (FCS), the science curriculum has worked to dissolve the boundaries between school and community by emphasizing service learning projects. One of the ways that the FCS Middle School approaches this commitment is through student engagement in weekly service projects. Students choose from a menu of service assignments based on their interest. Another more specialized opportunity is part of the spring trimester in the 8th grade curriculum, the Earth Force Project.

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Apr 21 2015
Posted by: Patricia Zaradic

At Friends Central School (FCS), the science curriculum has worked to dissolve the boundaries between school and community by emphasizing service learning and by relating to students as members of  communities of practice (Lave and Wenger, 1991) such as scientists, innovators and designers. One of the curricular blocks that illustrates this approach in the FCS Middle School is the stream study project.

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Apr 21 2015
Posted by: Colin Angevine

There are essentially three camps among educators who support the idea of integrating video games and learning:

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Apr 21 2015
Posted by: Patricia Zaradic

Fun and play can create a more engaging learning environment. One of the units in eighth grade science that exemplifies learning through creative, playful, engagement is the Rube Goldberg unit. A Rube Goldberg device is a machine that uses a chain reaction of steps to accomplish a simple goal in a complex and whimsical way. At Friends’ Central School (FCS), the eighth grade students, in groups of 2-3, build Rube Goldberg devices to learn about energy.

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Apr 20 2015
Posted by: David Perlis

In the weeks to come, we are focusing on Maker Faire prep, but I’m also working on an updated project guide for scribble machines.

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Apr 13 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

I missed Digital Learning Day this year. I really meant to do something about it either with my students and/or the Morehead Writing Project, but life got in the way. This is one of the reasons I often have trouble with digital events that happen in real time. I can’t help feeling that there was too much hype about the “thing” and not enough focus on the learning. Maybe I just don’t respond well to...

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Apr 09 2015
Posted by: Kevin Hodgson

(Note: This post first appeared on my blog)

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