Maker Space, Lending Libraries and 21st Century Learning

Maker space has gone from mainstream nerd to mainstream.  Along with Project Based Learning (the other PBL), educators have embraced the maker space movement as a 21st century education must.  As with any movement, the push often comes before the need is evident.  Some good, earnest work at our school lead to naught as our... Continue Reading →

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Make Sports Co-ed

Two years ago our administration told us not to use gender in our classroom. It had come up when students were asked to pack-up the room for the day--boys putting away materials, girls stacking chairs. It was one of many daily sorts we do, and students self-designated their gender and responsibility, but one student who... Continue Reading →

Power Law, Bell Curves and 100%

In 2014 all students could read and do math.  Fact.  That's what the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law promised.  100%! No, in reality, we fell short.  We did as well as law enforcement solved the crime problem--our focus got better (standards!  Common Core!), we used new tools (statistics!) and the numbers went down.  It... Continue Reading →

Why Data Matters

My primary blog is Middle School Poetry 180, which you can find here.  I live in the world of the Humanities even while I love all things data.  But, that’s why the bent is towards English majors. Unfortunately, too many English and liberal arts majors throw their hands up and say, “I can’t do math.”... Continue Reading →

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