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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 […]

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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 […]

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Is This Part of a Greater Pattern?

I started my career in education in the late 1980’s. To increase my salary, I enrolled in graduate courses and the I could take a purchase order from the school when I enrolled. My principal or department head needed to “approve” the course, but it was informal. When I started I was in control of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Some Assumptions about Educators

I assume educators are new to the work of teaching and learning. This has little to do with the length of readers’ curriculum vitae or the years spent in front of students. I can state with confidence that no teacher who approaches a new group of students, a new course, or even a new teaching […]

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Reflections on Online Higher Education

Educators who surf the World Wide Web frequently encounter advertisements for online universities. The sales pitches are enticing for busy adults who seek a graduate degree; “learn on your own schedule,” “save costs,” finish quickly through accelerated schedules.” The advertisements come from diverse providers, including for-profit universities which have been in the news for unflattering […]

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On Human Cognition

After more than 30 years in education, I have become convinced that the systems we have created are grounded in an incorrect assumption of what constitutes human thinking. As educators, our goal is to increase and enhances students’ cognitive abilities. When they leave our classrooms, they should be able to observe more and more sophisticated […]