Wisdom Begins with Wonder

All hell can’t stop us now

It has to start somewhere It has to start sometime What better place than here? What better time than now? – Rage Against the Machine, Guerrilla Radio I have a inferno raging in my belly.  It’s been growing steadily stronger.  The time has come to wrest control of our schools away from corporations and educational […]

10 things I hate about school

10. grading I’ve always felt icky about sitting down by myself and placing value in the form of a letter or number on the work of a student.  I would much rather write them a short note with feedback and no grade.  Better still, I’d rather sit down with them and have a conversation about […]

A safe place to fail

“Leap and the net will appear.” – John Burroughs One of the greatest things we can establish in our schools and our classrooms (not to mention in our homes for our own kids) is a culture of failure. Chew on that for a moment.  Is that un-American?  We live in a success driven culture.  Many […]

Chemistry, condoms and the Colosseum

One of the most successful inquiry activities that I did this year wasn’t successful because of my careful planning or my skill.  It wasn’t successful because of expensive equipment or great lab space.  It wasn’t successful because of technology integration or guest experts. It was successful because I took a chance. It was successful because […]

Inquiry is…

Inquiry is loud. Inquiry is messy. Inquiry is perfect in its imperfection. Inquiry is when my 7 year old son asks, “how are babies made?” in response to my wife’s expanding uterus. Inquiry is NOT, “Chapter 12 in your biology textbook is about human reproduction, read the chapter and then answer the questions at the […]