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Attention, Engagement, and Will: , the actor, and the director

I began to explore the phenomenon of attention in an earlier post. Here, I want to begin to unpack the significance of attention in learning, and fold in a few related ideas. (A nod to Dr. Maria Montessori, the patron saint of children's attention, is in order, as most of the terms preceding the improvised graphics have … Continue reading Attention, Engagement, and Will: , the actor, and the director

Their unique place

Even if there is some content knowledge that a culture deems truly necessary for every, single, solitary citizen, are we to believe that transmitting that body of skill and knowledge should take all of the first 18 years of life, that it must necessarily be delivered to all children (sorted by birthdate) in lockstep, and that individualizing education goals on the basis of strength, interest, and local resources should not begin until maturity?

Learning new tricks: Using The DOG to support Motivated Behavior Change

A look at popular self-help literature shows we have a penchant for positive imaging: we want to believe that we can manifest a different reality by visualizing it fervently. Unfortunately, research on motivation and goal achievement demonstrates that strong positive intentions alone are almost never enough to assure success in behavior change. Not surprisingly, a … Continue reading Learning new tricks: Using The DOG to support Motivated Behavior Change

Sovereign teens

Every day, new and disheartening reports of the poor mental health of American adolescents roll across our social media feeds. In numbers never before seen, American teens are experiencing inconsolable anger, anxiety, and depression. We want to believe that emotional downturn is an unavoidable and universally experienced aspect of a normal developmental stage: adolescents have … Continue reading Sovereign teens

Who let The DOGs out? (ruminations on the value of using diverse, locally designed narrative frameworks to observe and discuss development)

I've heard the word "indefensible" used in regard to school programs that resist the call to focus on quantifiable, standardized outcomes. The Dimensions of Observable Growth  is just one tool that a learning community can use to focus attention on some of the myriad non-academic attributes of development that are observed and cultivated inside the … Continue reading Who let The DOGs out? (ruminations on the value of using diverse, locally designed narrative frameworks to observe and discuss development)

Whither the Political Pluck of the Upwardly Mobile Progressive?

There's a growing class of people who consider themselves enlightened seekers of social justice, who are at the same time quite optimistic for their own rising social and economic status. I call them UMPs: Upwardly Mobile Progressives. Sounds fairly harmless… I believe UMPs are being cultivated as shills and shields for a new plutocratic ruling … Continue reading Whither the Political Pluck of the Upwardly Mobile Progressive?