Monday, February 25, 2008


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Friday, February 22, 2008


A group of student from Nokomis Regional High were lucky enough to tour Italy during the February break.

They have been sharing some of the stories and pictures from their trip here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Last Wednesday we had a snow day throughout much of the State, and I was lucky enough to join Alice Barr, Cheryl Oakes and Bob Sprankle in a Seedlings podcast.

Find the show notes that Bob has on his site here.

We cover some education netiquette, crowdsourcing, and the PBS Frontline piece "Growing Up Online." And yes, that is my son yelling for me in the background :)

Saturday, February 09, 2008


My son has really been into puzzles lately.

When I say 'in' I mean that almost every evening we pull out a box, spill it on the floor and start putting it back together again. As we're playing, the teacher in me wants to keep nudging, guiding or (what I consider) helping him find the place for each piece. I have to make myself stop 'helping' and let him try forcing a piece somewhere it won't go or try, fail and get frustrated with the same piece until . . . ahhhh, it fits.

This nightly practice has made me think about teaching and how in our genuine effort to help our students, we find it realllly hard to watch them stub their toe when we know it's coming and we can stop it. With a word sometimes we know we can guide them, but we have to let them fail successfully, and learn in the process. There's a great quote by Garr Reynolds,"The destructive process is part of the creative process." If the work students are doing, doesn't provide the rigor where mistakes are expected, understood as part of the process and built on, how do they learn.

Of course they must be expected to move beyond the setback, but when it's existence is understood to be part of the route students must take to complete the task, well lets just say it's a lot more meaningful to them when they're done.

Thanks to Sharon Peters linking me to Miguel Guhlin's presentation which got me thinking about all of this.