Thursday, October 23, 2014

Moving the blog to WordPress!

We're moving Teaching Redemptively to WordPress!

I've been contemplating this move for a while - it allows us to collaborate more effectively with other authors, track posts, and find readers in the much bigger WP ecosystem.

The curent TP site will remain live indefinitely in case people have bookmarked articles.... but all new content will go up on the Wordpress site.  Update your links.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

For the new teachers out there

John Spencer writes a blog that serves as one of my absolute favorite places on the Internet to find a good read. He's thoughtful, insightful, humble, honest.  Start at the beginning and read the whole thing.

But if you're in a hurry, and especially if you're heading into your first year of teaching, read John's warm and encouraging letter to himself as a first year teacher:

A Note To Myself As A First-Year Teacher (Education ReThink)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Game Design influencing School / Curriculum Design

Enjoyed this perspective on how technological innovation should be changing schools, rather than just digging up fancy toys for students and teachers:

What Happens when School Design looks like Game Design (Mind|Shift)

"The thing about tools is that their strength is usually derived from the way they approach a problem rather than in the particularity of the solution they offer....

In the current world, our schools should be focused on teaching both linear and non-linear ways of knowing. We need to remember that the goal of technology is ultimately to help us mentor our youth so that they become familiar with the many ways of knowing that humanity has discovered. It’s not just to develop proficiency with today’s tools while maintaining yesterday’s predominant thinking."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

An Ivy League Controversy

In the latest issue of the New Republic, William Deresiewicz stirs the pot of discussion and controversy in the world of higher education.

His piece is long but well worth the read, regardless of whether you agree with him:

Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League (New Republic)

He argues that our current system of higher education feeds a classist mentality, one that focuses on the top 1% of students and families at the expense of the others, and which breeds rich and entitled students who are too afraid of failure actually to think for themselves.

With upper middle class parents pouring everything into the game of getting their kid into the best possible schools, everyone has forgotten why we educate in the first place.

I think Deresiewicz's conclusion works against his argument, but setting that aside for the moment, I loved his critique of education that exists merely to promote a class system or that defines "success" totally in economic terms.

Give it a read.