This year I was fortunate enough to be selected for the first ever OKMath-OKSci Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  So far, the group of 44 math and science educators has met for three weekend retreats to focus on creativity and innovation, leadership and educational philosophies, and professional growth.  But this […]

Sloppy Science

Do you ever get surprised by unintended lessons?  Sometimes those are the ones that are best remembered. I’ve been working with my three science classes on the Problem-based lesson I created this summer at the Eighth Floor.  It’s gone well, and students have progressed in their understanding of the Scientific Method as hoped.  We’re more than halfway through this […]

What Makes You Say That?

Practice it.  What makes you say that?  It will only become routine if you practice it, and it takes two weeks for any new practice to become a habit, right? This is the principle on which the book Making Thinking Visible (Ron Ritchart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison, 2011) is based.  As educators, we can […]

Whose Standards Count?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the history and the future of public education, and more specifically the shaping of that future. It’s clear that testing and accountability are driving the current reform movement, and standards are the latest vehicle, but whose standards are at the wheel? A few months ago I applied and […]