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?

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

Lay an egg … Lay an egg … Lay an egg … I don't know if @davidshrigley had schools in mind when he created this image, but how better to illustrate how it must feel to be a school child in America? (For that matter, what it feels like to be a teacher or school … Continue reading Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. The Productivity Problem

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