Tag: PD

The student is the teacher and vice versa

“What are you waiting for? There are teachers in here who need your help!” I hurried the students in. It was after school – most students were heading home or hanging out with their friends, but these 8th graders were sticking around to do a little extra work …teaching...

Learning from the experts: do as I say

Picture this: the teacher stands in front of the class and starts his lesson. A few minutes in, he asks the students a few questions about their prior knowledge, interest in the subject, etc. There is some reporting – vaguely, averaged across a group. The teacher then continues with...

Serious play and frivolous work

If MIT’s Media Lab really does believe in “Lifelong Kindergarten,” why should the children have all the fun? If we really think people learn better through play, creation, experimentation, etc. then why do teacher workshops and other PD efforts involve so much blah blah blah? Thus thinking, I organized...
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