What gets your attention?

With so many competing messages swirling in the blogosphere, Twitter universe, and all of the other networks, I am often asked what gets your attention. The truth is very little. The reason is found in the following three statements. If information does not meet all three criteria, I quickly move on. Time is simply too precious. Stop me in my … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Bases – Project and Problem

With authentic learning as a preferred center piece of instruction these days, teachers and teacher leaders look for ways to truly and actively engage students in their learning processes from prekindergarten programs all the way through university courses. Often, the approach of choice is either program or project – based learning. There are subtle differences between the two, but consensus … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

With the old year departing in just a few short hours, I offer wishes for everyone that 2014 is a year of happiness and success in all that you do. Happy New Year!

Virtual Field Trips Are A Great Way to See the World Outside the Classroom

Virtual field trips are just such fun. Not only are they inexpensive (often free), but they allow a classroom or home school students to travel the country, even the world, and experience robust learning without the hassles of permission forms, budget restraints, and travel complications. There are a lot of opportunities out there, but finding just the right ones can … Continue reading

Common Core Cannot Happen Without Common Ground

I turned on my computer this morning to see what the world had delivered while I slept and found front and center in the Washington Post yet another article on the now infamous Common Core State Standards. This time the news was Arnie Duncan’s remarks to the State School Superintendents that white suburban moms were in an uproar because the … Continue reading

Learning and Executive Function – Can They Co-exist in a Classroom Grading Model

In a world where school achievement stands tall as a significant measure of academic success and, in turn, as a precursor to future earning power, it is very important that schools select student evaluation models that are fair and rigorous, yet not so rigid students do not have a way to grow through the evaluative experiences. When I say “grow … Continue reading

Ecology of Learning

CHIE was founded on the principle that education is a complex process and the belief that to succeed, individuals, families, schools, and organizations need to view the processes involved in K-12 and adult education (e.g., instruction, curriculum development, assessment, support, leadership) through holistic and integrative lenses. We know the silo model that dominated the educational landscape for the past century … Continue reading

Dreaded Homework and How It Builds Personal Character

Now that schools are open for a new year, one of the sure topics being bantered about in supermarkets, parking lots, and kitchens everywhere is homework. I’ve often been asked how much homework is enough.  This by parents trying to understand if there was a clear-cut correlation between the amounts of homework one does and the levels of achievement experienced … Continue reading

CHIE Joins Technorati

  • September 8, 2013

CHIE is happy to announce that it has joined Technorati.  You can now find recent and archived blog posts more easily at  7MEBYVNR5ZWG

Are We Preparing Our Children to Work in the Robot Economy?

  • September 3, 2013

As I read through a recent article in Time magazine by David Von Drehle on the “Robot Economy,” I drifted to a recurring theme of mine – Are we truly preparing students for their future, or are we educating them for a work life that will not exist ten years from now? If you read Von Drehle’s article, you’ll find … Continue reading