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The Idea Tree

First Growth Unbidden, an idea arose. Unfortunately, or fortunately, as the case may be, the idea came far too early in my sleep cycle and demanded to preserved before it would allow me to return to sleep. So here we are. The Idea Tree seems a clumsy title for a post...

Minimum Wage

Since many students and parents may find the concept of Minimum Wage alarming, I’ll make this as brief as possible. We—the students and I in conjunction with Real World Scholars—are starting a business this semester. See eXperiment and MLM Design Guide for...

MLM Design Guide

A note to the reader: This post is an expansion of the concepts first related in eXperiment (part I of this series). MLM is an acronym for Mac Lab Media, our nascent student-powered commercial art foundry. Textures Textures from 2 Lil Owls. Denise Love, founder of 2...

eXperiment

  I had an idea. It was one of those ideas that needed to be captured and shared. It’s been months—a year?—since the idea surfaced and I’d finally decided that it was time to act. You know, to declare our intentions. Publicly. This morning I woke up...

Game On: Evolving Strategies

A Note to the Reader: Game On, our WordPress plugin, is a piece of our #RethinkHighSchool puzzle. (When I say “we” or “our” I’m referring to my ongoing collaboration with students and other teachers.) The other pieces of our edu-puzzle...

Game On: A Work in Progress

A Note to the Reader: This post is incomplete because there are just too many options and strategies to cover short of writing a book. (The post is lengthy enough as it is.) That’s what you get when you work with such talented students. Oh yeah, kids wrote the...

(re)Imagine

A Note to the Reader: Valhalla High School’s rockin’ principal, Mary Beth Kastan, gave me permission to pitch these ideas to our staff in the spring of 2016 in the hope of facilitating a move toward leveraging technology to create a more student-centered...

Small Annoyances

Kindred Spirits   Author Betty Edwards introduced that quote with: Not all creators find mental shifts from imagery back to language (for verification) an easy matter. The great nineteenth century geneticist Francis Galton wrote…   The verification Edwards...

The Mac Lab Way

You teach best what you most need to learn. Richard Bach / Illusions A Break in the Tedium The kids were milling around while three of us—currently acting as proctors for yet another pointless round of standardized testing (well, pointless from my point of view)—were...

Looking Ahead

Transitions   This is intended to be a living blog—subject to edits, additions, and the like. I want to capture my thoughts but not be bound by them. (If that makes sense.) It’s not standard practice but that’s how we roll in here. Speaking of “in...
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