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Teaching Is Just Not What It Used to Be

“Teaching is just not what it used to be.”  I translate this to mean… -Teaching now requires more work -Teaching now requires less control -Teaching now requires higher accountability These 3 statements encompass most of the complaints we hear today: longer hours, working in the summer, too many mandates, too Read more…

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3 Ways to Lay Instructional Flooring

Collaboratively written by Nathan Lang and Chris Weber.  One afternoon, the Jones’s came home to find that their refrigerator had leaked water and consequently damaged a piece of hardwood flooring directly next to the refrigerator. They called a contractor to come and look at the blemished plank of flooring. The Read more…

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Trouble with Tech? How to get all on board.

This post was co-written by Weston Kieschnick and Nathan Lang. We know educators will implement change with fidelity only when they believe wholeheartedly in the change. When it comes to technology in the classroom, let’s consider a typical implementation cycle. For our example, let’s call this new technology “Thingamajig 2.0″ Read more…

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Should We Challenge Bloom’s?

Scaffolding, standards vs skills, Webb’s, and Bloom’s… If you’re an educator you’re somewhat familiar with this jargon as it relates to how learners think. Most educators do not challenge the fundamental constructivist concepts of cognitive scaffolding. Essentially, the theorists tell us that all learners will pass through a set pathway Read more…