Category Archives: philosophy

I have fewer desks than students. On purpose.

There is a growing number of shared public spaces that are popping up all over the world.   Cars, bikes, motorcycles, and pedestrians are forced to govern their own behavior. They have to make eye contact and acknowledge each other’s … Continue reading

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The case for disorder in the classroom

I’m going to go ahead and say it. I think there needs to be more disorder in our classrooms. By disorder, I don’t mean kids throwing chairs and running amok. Instead, I’m thinking about those instances when teachers give students … Continue reading

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Why am I all about chalk and t-shirts this summer?

I need to let this out of the bag. This summer, I have had two things on my mind more than they probably should be: using sidewalk chalk buying t-shirts Why? Hang on. First here’s some of what I’ve done … Continue reading

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Teaching & parenthood

At day 2 of the MfA Summer Think yesterday, there was a teacher poetry circle. The following was the result of the free write at the end. Early in my teaching career I never thought that about being a parent. … Continue reading

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PBL v2

So my yearlong experiment with problem-based learning has concluded. After attending Exeter Math Institute last summer, I decided to overthrow my units and use problems as the foundation of how my kids learned each day. Throughout the course of the … Continue reading

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