Monthly Archives: January 2014

What Can Scouting Teach Us About Proficiency-Based Learning

Scouting does pretty good work with curriculum. I think our Customized Learning work (both for kids and the professional learning for educators) shares many characteristics with theirs: learning is customized; individuals progress at their own pace; they progress by demonstrating … Continue reading

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Is Our Phases of iPad Integration Ready?

(Note: Cross posted to the Distribute PD Project) Last August, one of our Auburn-and-friends work groups developed a draft Phases of Tech integration. We wanted to think about developing teachers’ skills at leveraging iPads for teaching and learning beyond just googling … Continue reading

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Starting to Design a Distributed PD System

A while back, I described our need for a distributed system of professional development (as part of our comprehensive plan to support professional learning, including: workshops and trainings; coaching and formative feedback; educator lesson invention and tryouts; and opportunities for … Continue reading

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MLK, Poverty, Schools, and the War Against the Poor

Today is Martin Luther King Day. As much as we remember Dr. King’s civil rights efforts for African Americans, he was above all else a civil rights activist. A civil rights activist for all. In fact, he was in Memphis … Continue reading

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The Good and Bad of Extrinsic Motivation: The Series

The issue of extrinsic motivation is a pretty complex one. When the motivation comes from outside the student, driven often by the desire to receive some reward or avoid some sort of punishment (such as grades, stickers, or teacher approval), … Continue reading

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Moving Towards Standards-Based Grading

One aspect of transitioning to Customized Learning is finding systems for tracking and monitoring student learning, as well as, ways to report learning progress, especially to parents. One piece of this is some sort of standards-based grading system. But moving … Continue reading

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