When the Goal Gets in the Way

I've decided to drop part of my goal for 2013- reading 10 big books. Over the past several weeks, I've realized the goal isn't working for me for several reasons. I never clearly defined what big books were. I imagined books weighty both literally and in ideas, but what I've realized is that was a … Continue reading When the Goal Gets in the Way

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The Danger of a Single Story

In World Cultures class, we are grappling with the complicated history of the Middle East. We've been looking at the history from as many lens as possible- creating drawings, spinning analogies, organizing information. Students are thinking hard AND synthesizing difficult information. Occasionally, a student will pop up, "So, it's all about oil, right?" or "The … Continue reading The Danger of a Single Story