Wisdom Begins with Wonder

Entries from October 2010 ↓

A call for an audience!

My students are currently working on a web-based project.  In this project, they are answering the driving question, “How do we reconcile science and personal beliefs?” Each student has generated his or her own guiding question that falls under the overarching driving question.  They are using their blogs (each of my students has his/her own) […]

Big questions

Too often we treat our students with kid gloves.  We give them weak, watered down, sterile, sanitized, aseptic curriculum.  Curriculum that reminds you of grandmother’s powder room in which you were afraid to dirty the towels, so you dried you hands on your pants instead. We don’t let students wrestle with the really big questions […]

Never look a gift horse skeleton in the mouth

This post was inspired by the post Inquiry Stylee: Return of the “Horse” by  Shawn Cornally.  His blog, Think Thank Thunk, just plain rocks. So often, the best inquiry smacks you right in the face and you don’t even see it coming.  When we do the “teacher thing” we often crush the inquiry before it even has […]

The power of observation

Sometimes teachers (especially in an inquiry-centered classroom) can get so caught up in running around the room helping students, that we miss the big picture. What would happen if you just observed your students and took notes?  No talking, no running around putting out fires, just watching and listening.  What would you learn about your […]

Why I dumped SBG (and why you probably shouldn’t)

I jumped on the SBG (standards based grading) express 2 years ago.  My main reason for going to SBG was an extreme dissatisfaction with the grading status quo.  I felt like I was doing kids a disservice with points and weighted categories and the like. So I dove headfirst into SBG along with 2 of […]

Important conversations

I took a survey 2 weeks ago about our school.  It covered a wide variety of questions, but one stood out to me: The teachers in my school meet as a whole staff to discuss ways to improve teaching and learning. I’m sad to say, I clicked the radio button for ‘Never’ and moved on […]

Are you experienced (at giving feedback)?

Jimi Hendrix was the original master of effective feedback.  He could use feedback to enhance his music, not just to make your skin crawl.  Think - the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. I want to be the Jimi Hendrix of classroom feedback.  I want my students to bounce their learning off of me and I want […]