Is Emphasizing Failure a Mistake?

Photo by Tom Pumford on Unsplash   Alfie Kohn just kicked my educational philosophy butt!  In his blog post, “The Failure of Failure,” Kohn lays out a very convincing argument against promoting “productive failure” in the classroom and as a feature of progressive education. “If you squint hard, I suppose that taking more time to figure something out... Continue Reading →

When Personalized Learning is Too Impersonal

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash  I remember the first time I heard the term “playlist” used in an educational context—it was in an audiobook I was listening to on the treadmill. The author talked about this new charter school called RocketShip in the Bay Area.  He described how the teachers used playlists to personalize the learning and... Continue Reading →

The Rocket Fuel of Learning

  “Attempt—Fail—Analyze—Adjust” these words have formed a mantra for me ever since I first heard and saw them during my training as a Read Right™ consultant.  Dr. Dee Tadlock drew them as a cycle and explained that that is how brains learn a process. I’d never heard it put that way before, and it struck... Continue Reading →

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