Teaching Complex Thinking: A Wicked Problem

What are some challenges that educators consider solvable, complex, or unsolvable? The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an organization researching media, and technologies for education. The NMC and another organization, EDUCAUSE, share their research each year by publishing a Horizon Report. The Horizon Report identifies trends, challenges and technologies for Higher Education. These questions and similar inquiries regarding technology are extensively… Read More Teaching Complex Thinking: A Wicked Problem

(Part 3 – HOW) The PLC process through the eyes of the “Why – What if – How” progression

HOW – we used Visible Thinking Routines to Learn about our Problem As a reminder this is three part blog, that clearly demonstrates the correlation between innovative questioning (via Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question), and how it is adapted and transferred into a school setting.  – if you are just joining me check out… Read More (Part 3 – HOW) The PLC process through the eyes of the “Why – What if – How” progression

(Part 2 – What if) The PLC process through the eyes of the “Why – What if – How” progression

What if …. We study Mathematical Practices? Thanks for reading! As a reminder this is three part blog, that clearly demonstrates the correlation between innovative questioning (via Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question), and how it is adapted and transferred into a school setting.  – Check out part 1 WHY if you are just joining… Read More (Part 2 – What if) The PLC process through the eyes of the “Why – What if – How” progression

DIY Rolling Whiteboard Table – with storage

Drum roll please…… The “table” finally has a name: Rolling Whiteboard Table-with storage. (Check out my previous posts here – My “Table” Plan, My “Table” DETOUR ahead!)  As a reminder, this is a project and the challenge is to learn something that you have always wanted to learn to do. Easy enough….but, there were restrictions. I could only use… Read More DIY Rolling Whiteboard Table – with storage

(Part 1 – WHY) The PLC process through the eyes of the “Why – What if – How” progression

I want to summarize the connection between Warren Berger’s inquiry progression, and my experience with the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process. I plan to clearly explain their similar progression to better understanding a complex problem. This will be a three part blog, that clearly demonstrates the correlation between innovative questioning, and how it is adapted… Read More (Part 1 – WHY) The PLC process through the eyes of the “Why – What if – How” progression

Government Day! Experience based learning with a 21st century approach

One of my favorite experiences from last school year was an entire school day dedicated to all fourth graders called, Government Day. (The lesson plan is at the bottom of my page!) After three-and-a-half years teaching fifth grade in inner city Chicago, I transitioned to my current fourth grade position in suburban Grand Rapids, Michigan.… Read More Government Day! Experience based learning with a 21st century approach