Design Learning: The Rising S-Curve in the Classroom

The most successful classroom experience [e.g., consistently engaged students; enriched content; meeting student needs; increasing teacher effectiveness throughout the school year] demands that the teacher abandons a lock-step approach: by “lock-step,” I mean a class whose curricular speed is constant and advances exactly according to a pre-fixed 36 week calendar. Unfortunately, there continues to be… Continue reading Design Learning: The Rising S-Curve in the Classroom

The 79.4% Teacher

Chances are if you’re a parent of a school-aged child, you know of a teacher that, no matter how much your child plugged away at a lesson, a project, or a full semester’s worth of coursework, was fixated on keeping your child from earning at least a B on whatever was being graded.  It’s just… Continue reading The 79.4% Teacher

Teaching for the Quest, Not to the Test

Last month there was real educational news coming out of, amazingly, the White House—a sadly rare source for any news or commentary about teaching and learning. The call coming from the administration was to cut back significantly on what has become an almost exclusive use of testing—testing of the standardized, multiple-choice kind—for the purpose of… Continue reading Teaching for the Quest, Not to the Test