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eXperience Points Answer 1 question: 20XP Answer 2 questions: 80XP Answer 3 questions: 120XP Answer 4 questions: 200XP + 1 Lego™ for each question! Horsin’ Around Read about Clever Hans and answer the three questions. How? Visit howitsmade.com and learn something. Tell us about it! When? …was the World Wide Web made? (Bonus 100XP if […]
eXperience Points Answer 1 question: 20XP Answer 2 questions: 80XP Answer 3 questions: 120XP Answer 4 questions: 200XP + 1 Lego™ for each question! It’s a UFO! What is Occam’s Razor? Give an example. Why… Why does the caged bird sing? What else? Gunpowder had to be mixed to work well until someone figured out […]
eXperience Points Answer 1 question: 20XP Answer 2 questions: 80XP Answer 3 questions: 120XP Answer 4 questions: 200XP + 1 Lego™ for each question! Back & Forth… …was a song by Aaliyah. Read about her plane crash and answer the three questions. Tasty! Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about something that “licks the valleys up.” […]
via The Rise of the New Groupthink at NYTimes.com Our schools have also been transformed by the New Groupthink. Today, elementary school classrooms are commonly arranged in pods of desks, the better to foster group learning. Even subjects like math and creative writing are often taught as committee projects. In one fourth-grade classroom I visited […]
An interesting perspective… The “zero tolerance” policies that today are the most extreme form of this punishment paradigm were originally written for the war on drugs in the early 1980s, and later applied to schools. As Annette Fuentes explains, the resulting extraordinary rates of suspension and expulsion are linked nationally to increasing police presence, checkpoints, and surveillance […]
You can tell when educational materials and experiences don’t engage the young people in your life. They exhibit, shall we say, obvious symptoms. I won’t list them here. These symptoms tend to cause us all kinds of angst. A child’s stubborn insistence that learning be meaningful and interesting is actually a sign of positive selfhood. […]