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the DOG: From where? For what?

I have been developing the Dimensions of Observable Growth for more than ten years (at my own expense, and without compensation) starting when my own two children were in school in Colorado in the early 2000's. The strong (and still intensifying) U.S. push for "data driven" decision making in classrooms prompted me to find a … Continue reading the DOG: From where? For what?

Ed Reform without disruption? Good luck with that.

The image is a screen capture from the Assessment Work Group page of the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) website. It's the list of criteria for participation in the 2nd round of an Assessment Design Challenge that could, one imagines, yield a rich, primal stew of innovative perspectives, ingredients, tools, and methods … Continue reading Ed Reform without disruption? Good luck with that.

Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. The Productivity Problem

Lay an egg … Lay an egg … Lay an egg … @davidshrigley had a whole lot more than schools in mind when he created this image, but how better to illustrate how it must feel to be a kid in this country? (For that matter, what it feels like to be a parent, teacher, … Continue reading Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. The Productivity Problem

Power Over or Power With: Children’s personalities reflect the way adults engage with them

Children’s behavior can be a good guide to where their significant adults stand on the Influence Continuum. Sometimes the freedom we give children isn’t free. When we implicitly pressure children to make the choices we want while we are telling them the choice is theirs, the effects on their behavior are the same as if … Continue reading Power Over or Power With: Children’s personalities reflect the way adults engage with them

Ten Horsemen of the Educational Apocalypse

It's impossible to conceive of different ways to think about education without first identifying and momentarily suspending our most basic (and usually unexamined) assumptions. The illustration embedded here is an attempt to assess our current, commonly held, largely unexamined core assumptions about education. I intend to write follow-up posts about the Ten Horsemen … and … Continue reading Ten Horsemen of the Educational Apocalypse

Return to Scientific Pedagogy (or: why I’m a feral Montessorian)

To my way of seeing it, "Montessori" has become a universalized descriptor, signifying a loose collection of progressive educational principles. In fact, Dr. Maria Montessori developed and documented a thoroughly articulated and richly integrated classroom practice for assisting the healthy and natural development of pre-school and elementary age children. She accomplished this through the systematic … Continue reading Return to Scientific Pedagogy (or: why I’m a feral Montessorian)