Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mar. 28, 2011

Alan November at TEDxNYED

A fifteen minute presentation format is a very short time to try to build a case for a big idea. Alan November’s TEDxNYED talk is about how the current culture of school typically underestimates the contribution that many students would make to solve real problems and to make a contribution to help classmates learn. Of course, a model of teaching to the test does not promote the kind of higher order problem solving that I try to outline in the talk. Alan is hopeful that authentic work and a culture of student contribution can support the current obsession with test […]

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Mar. 17, 2011

Step Into the Stream… Why Every School Leader Should Be a Networked Learner

Recently I was invited (okay, actually I raised my hand like Horshack ) to develop a brief presentation for members of my faculty who are participating in a year-long leadership development program. I wanted to share with them the importance of becoming networked learners.

I learn much and am grateful every day for the resources, ideas and conversations shared by the generous, thoughtful educators to whom I am connected online. I literally feel that I “stand on the shoulders of giants” who push my thinking, enlighten me and just generally make me better at what I do. I am a believer […]

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Mar. 14, 2011

Part 1: Going Digital …Ten Points to Consider when Transforming Towards Digital Curriculum

By Michael Gorman – Everyone is talking about a digital curriculum free of  those hard copy textbooks that have been a part of schooling since the advent of the one room schoolhouse. In this series I will investigate some resources that can open up a world of digital curricula. In this post, I’ll start with ten thoughts for reflection as you go digital. In later posts, I will introduce you to some pretty cool content that can be part of your new digital curriculum. And yes… I even have textbooks covered!  Along with my posts at November Learning, […]

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Mar. 11, 2011

Models of Flipped Learning: A Podcast with Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

In this podcast, Alan November interviews Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, chemistry teachers from Woodland Park, CO. The discussion focuses on their models of flipped learning where the traditional model of classwork and homework is reversed, leading students to a deeper understanding about the concepts being taught.

Both Jonathan and Aaron will be presenters at the BLC11 conference being held this summer in Boston, MA. Click here for more information.

In addition, Jonathan and Aaron provided us with a series of resources to share that pertain to the work they and their students are doing.

Mar. 5, 2011

Process vs Product by Bob Sprankle

Years ago I accompanied a student who I was working one-on-one with to an event at his school where his entire grade level was having a special “showing” of their Social Studies Projects. I can’t remember the unit they were studying. I can’t remember what the project was (I vaguely recall the “Oregon Trail” or “log cabins,” or maybe “wetlands,” but I could be completely wrong on each of these guesses). What I do remember is that this particular school had been running this event yearly for a very long time —and that it was important— VERY important. The whole […]

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Mar. 4, 2011

Do I Have a Passion? Do You?

Last night, I had the chance to talk on the phone with my good friend Angela Maiers. She admitted to me that she was completely exhausted, but I would have never guessed it. As always, she was a bundle of energy as she told me about all of the fantastic opportunities she’s recently been a part of and has on the horizon. It’s always great talking to Angela because you can feel the passion oozing out from every one of her pores. In fact, passion is her passion. She speaks about it, writes about it and lives it every day. A few […]

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Mar. 3, 2011

Lessons Learned in the Think Global School: A Podcast with Brad Ovenell-Carter

In this podcast, Alan November has a conversation with Brad Ovenell-Carter, School Head of the Think Global School. This traveling school takes a global contingency of students on a journey through various countries as they learn about the world around them as well as dig deeply into a rich curriculum.

Alan and Brad discuss the uniqueness of this school, the real work students are doing as they build curriculum and resources along with their teachers as well as the lessons they have learned that can impact any school.

Brad will be a presenter at the BLC11 conference being held this July in Boston. […]

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