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It’s Time to End Direct Instruction

Direct instruction. I’ll tell you what you need to know. You record it, train yourself to know it, and then repeat it back, apply it to something else, or synthesize that knowledge plus some other knowledge in producing original work. … Continue reading

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Nothing Went as Planned, and Everything Will Be Okay: A(nother) 2020 Experience

All we can do is the best we can do, and it’s okay not to be okay. This week, as is the case so many places across the country, our school had a surprise shutdown on the occasion of a … Continue reading

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How to REALLY be Prepared for the 2020-2021 School Year

Challenge and Solution # 1 Challenge “I have been doing this for years / I’ve been training to teach a certain way. I can’t rely on that training/experience and have everything ready to go for online and in-person contexts.” Solution … Continue reading

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A Two-Track-Option Approach to Teaching and Learning

We can give students most comfortable with predictability and control over tight scheduling one track/option that suits their needs, and we can give students who prefer a flexible, thinking-skill-driven, personalized learning experience that choice as a second track. Continue reading

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Authentic Questions and the Perils of Expertise

When I was a newer and younger teacher, I was also a graduate student, and one of my professors was an expert not only in research in his field but also in training us grads to think. I hadn’t ever … Continue reading

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