LoC STI Day 1

Day 1 of the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute has wrapped up. A few quick reflections... I've got a few pages left in John Dewey's Experience and Education. In it, he says, "teachers need to plan intelligently, considering the capacities, needs, and past experiences" of their students. Design of learning is so important in both … Continue reading LoC STI Day 1

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Don’t Let the Fire Die

A steady feature of my middle and early high school experience was the weekend long Baptist church youth retreat. The weekends were equal parts fun and serious and often included roasted marshmallows and few hours of sleep. The last night would inevitably include teary renditions of songs like the one that lends its title to post. We were whipped (and whipped ourselves) … Continue reading Don’t Let the Fire Die