Category Archive: preparing students for the 21st century

Why Independent Work Time Matters

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In the spring of 2019, sitting with a small group of 6th grade writers, I shared a video of Jack Ma, speaking on the future of education.  “Education is a big, big challenge… Continue reading

A Class Hub To The Rescue!

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A class hub can make all the difference for digital writing and learning!

Chewing On This

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I watched a version of this video several years ago. In preparation for a workshop I’m leading on Thursday with a group of Career Tech educators (think culinary arts and auto mechanics), I… Continue reading

Common Core — Appendices

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Many of us are digging into Common Core Standards. We are spending time reading the standards, figuring out what they mean, and noticing how they grow from grade to grade. Indiana (my state)… Continue reading

SOLSC: Multi-tasking

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THE BASICS: Late Saturday afternoon. On the elliptical rider. Listening to “Bombay Dreams” on my MP3. Watching the replay of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ‘Farewell’ Speech. THE BACK-STORY: When I was in college I… Continue reading

Did You Know 2.0

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Here’s the link in case you want to pass this video along to someone else: To join in the Shift Happens Conversation, click here. I particularly like their discussion questions, which are as… Continue reading