Category Archives: Goals for Students

These posts concern what I want for my students. They also touch on what I believe ought to be the outcomes of education.

Getting older (age graded school)

Today is my 36th birthday. While my age has ticked a new mark, I’m only one day older than I was yesterday. Keeping track of years to mark age is not a very precise way to measure age. I think … Continue reading

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Teaching is Designing: Outcomes

Designing and engineering is sometimes referred to as outcome oriented. That is, designers are working to solve a particular problem or create products with particular abilities. Given the proliferation of standards documents and value-added measures, clearly education is working to … Continue reading

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Creating Doubt

One of my preservice teachers asked me what I would do when students are working in groups and one group seems to be “right on”. I told her, “I do everything I can to get them to doubt their thinking”. … Continue reading

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Creation of what?

When we talk about the use of technology in schools we often note how the technology can be leveraged to increase students’ level of thinking.  Bloom’s taxonomy placed “creating” (used to be synthesis) near the top of the “thinking pyramid”. … Continue reading

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First, do no harm.

Reputations happen. I usually develop a reputation for having a frustrating/difficult class.  Some recognize that they learn a lot. When I’m asked about why I choose assignments, activities, and assessments that are frustrating, I respond with two points: 1) Learning … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on praise

I address the issue of praise each semester with my methods students.  I usually use questions (surprising, I know) to encourage the preservice teachers to consider praise from a different perspective. ——————————- Why do we praise kids? Many people say … Continue reading

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The Stillness of Chaos…

Organized chaos. This phrase is how I often envision my classroom.  Today, we accomplished a lot.  We developed a list of questions to research, introduced the collaborative blog project, discussed classroom management, questioning strategies, motivation, wait time I and wait … Continue reading

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Technology as poor models for schools

This is a quick “aha” post. About a hundred years ago the new technology known as the assembly line revolutionized industry – increasing profits, making production more efficient, increasing productivity, etc.  This technological revolution then found its way into schools … Continue reading

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A pedagogy of learning

My area of expertise is science education and I dabble in learning theory.  I subscribe to a “hot” conceptual change model (Pintrich et al. 1993) in which students conceptual frameworks, developmental levels, motivation, goals, stress, learning dispositions and attribution all … Continue reading

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Content? What content?

Content, or what to teach, is something we as teachers constantly debate.  Unfortunately, too many of us get our “content” from a text book.  This is a bad idea because the text covers way too much information.  Textbooks are a … Continue reading

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