Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday Is this a holy thing to see In a rich and fruitful land, Babes reduced to misery, Fed with cold and usurous hand? Is that trembling cry a song? Can it be a song of joy? And so many children poor? It is a land of poverty! And their sun does never shine,And … Continue reading Holy Thursday

Electromagnetic labs, magnet racer building and magnet game building going down. Our classroom is a working studio. Continue reading

lickystickypickyme: Real life Star Wars. Laser Towards Milky Ways Center. The color of the laser is precisely tuned to energize a layer of sodium atoms found in one of the upper layers of the atmosphere — one can recognize the familiar color of sodium street lamps in the color of the laser. This layer of … Continue reading

Dogfooding

After two happy years as a WordPress self-hosted install, I’m moving our 8th grade science class site/home/hub, GriffinScience, to Blogger: GriffinScience: “Because we’ll be using Blogger as a main platform of interaction with the 8th graders next year due to our school Google accounts making that a no-brainer, I’ve gone ahead and moved GriffinScience from … Continue reading Dogfooding

Engineering Creativity

So how do we as teachers cultivate and encourage creativity in a human existence that doesn’t require as many gigs of organic memory? LRB · Jim Holt · Smarter, Happier, More Productive: “It’s not that the web is making us less intelligent; if anything, the evidence suggests it sharpens more cognitive skills than it dulls. … Continue reading Engineering Creativity

De Grading

A big thanks to Joe Bower for pointing these links from Alfie Kohn out on Twitter today: From Degrading to De-Grading Grading: The Issue Is Not How but Why I also have to thank Joe for being one of the inspirations for my own “de-grading” trend in the classroom this year as I continue my … Continue reading De Grading

Cautionary Wave

People (especially students) don’t do their best work when compensation or reward is based on intermediate performance goals: Google Wave: Why did Google feel that Google Wave was a good product? – Quora: “In short, Google was experimenting with a drastically new model in an attempt to retain key talent and ended up getting the … Continue reading Cautionary Wave