In 2004 I was working on a marketing feasibility study for a gardening product. I talked with a friend about my issues with the product, and he said “You really need to talk to the people at IDEO. They have this new method called ‘human centered design’. It will blow your mind!” He introduced me to … More This Is The End. (Or The Beginning.)
Now I understand why medieval Fools juggled. The Fool archetype is the messenger of the powerless, who can get away with telling the King unpleasant truths. By juggling, the Fool provides a mesmerizing distraction, and also belies his foolish outer appearance, mannerisms, and actions. Because juggling is hard! I know this, because I have been … More NLP Post 3: Juggling, Or At Least Acting the Fool
“Institutions are “frozen thought”. They exist in part to “think for us.” In any complex set of tasks involving lots of people, there are a great many things to think about, make decisions about, plan for, and reflect on. Institutions take some of these things and “freeze” them into a set of procedures that we … More The Wicked Problem of Innovation in Schools
I have recently surveyed a group of tutors working in the high tech and high academic stress geographical area known as “Silicon Valley,” or the Bay Area of San Francisco. This is the “community of practice” in which I work, although we do not function as closely as a “community of practice” as the teachers … More Tutors and Tech in Silicon Valley
“Wicked” is one of the most successful acts of repurposing of recent decades. As a book, and a smash musical, “Wicked” turned the story of “The Wizard of Oz” upside down, and showed how the nasty Wicked Witch of the West was actually the one with brains, heart, and courage. In my MAET course, we … More From Wicked Problems to Wicked Cool Schools
When I taught in a Core Knowledge curriculum school, I encountered the writings of Alfie Kohn. I wanted to understand why Cohen was so opposed to the theories of E.D. Hirsch, Jr., the founder of Core Knowledge. I read everything Cohen had written, and tried to reconcile Hirsch’s “Cultural Literacy” model with Cohen’s constructivist approach. Eli Pariser might call … More My Information Diet, and Cutting Ideology for Evidence.
I have set myself the challenge of learning to juggle. Generally, I’m cack-handed. I can’t run, throw, or catch. But I can swing – a bat, stick, or club. I was the kid who cracked the first pitch into the outfield, but still got run out at first. I was the kid who could return the … More Tossing, not catching. NLP Post 2.
On Wednesday we held our Maker Faire in conjunction with MSU Libraries. A great time was had by all! Laurie Fernandez and I had created an activity we called “Are You Smarter Than Our Quiz Machine?”. It consisted of Four quiz boards, like these: We needed more than one board, not just for access for more … More How to be a #QuizMaster!
Over the last lifetime, which has only been two weeks, my understanding of learning and teaching has been tugged this way and that such that much of what I used to know has fallen off. I have taken my admittedly poor original lesson plan on Sir Francis Drake and scrutinized and revised it through three important … More Lesson Plan Version 5.0: Final Revision
We have been learning about networked learning; articulating our own personal learning networks and revising our lesson plans to incorporate networked learning. My personal use of networked learning has continued to expand since the public introduction of the internet. I like learning. I like learning random things over the internet. I can happily surf from … More NLP Post 1