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Thinking About Schools

I am beginning to use the term “Innovation Age School” to describe education in the middle of the 21st century. Innovation, we know, is “doing something differently.” I am convinced we are doing things differently… we are doing everything differently… how we make money… how we engage with others in our community… how we interact Read More

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Why is Education Always Reforming?

Although the constant cycles of reforms can be tiresome for many educators, the cycle can be explained by and even predicted by aspects of education that are well-known. First, education is a field that requires continuous improvement. One never “achieves being a good educator,” we adopt new practices, adapt existing practice to unfamiliar students, and Read More

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On Community Colleges

I made the decision to finish my career working in community colleges. I was asked why. Here is a summary of my response. These institutions prepare minds and bodies for new opportunities. There are several aspects these school that are appealing to me as an educator and as a teacher of teachers.   First, students who attend these Read More

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Some Things No Longer Tenable in Education

As we return to “normal,” teachers will be building classrooms in which teaching and learning happens in both physical places and online spaces.  Until now, most educators have perceived clear boundaries between online teaching and face-to-face teaching. That separation is no longer tenable.  For decades, educators have heard “the jobs your students will have do not exist yet.” Until recently that has not been true; as we Read More

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“In Recent Decades…” Observations of Education

What exactly does it mean that “students learn?” For many generations, student learning in classrooms has been focused on their ability to remember information. If students could accurately recall what they were taught for a long time after they were taught it, then we assumed they had learned it well. That concept of learning seems inadequate today.   In recent decades, scholars have detailed the Read More

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A Slightly Cynical Rant on Innovations in Education

Some educators accept the invitation to learn about an innovative pedagogy being introduced to a school. These individuals tend to receive extra training, lead planning and implementation meetings, and deliver professional development to colleagues. In my experience, those who become local advocates of these innovations tend to be less experienced teachers and educators who do Read More

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Schools are Unusual Organizations

Schools are unusual organizations. They are political. Especially in those areas where schools are funded by the public, bureaucrats and the governments that direct them exert string influences on what happens within them. They are hierarchical. In an extension of the political nature of schools, schools are operated by administrators who are more powerful than Read More