Category: About, Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Constructing History in the Classroom

In Spring 2012, I conducted an independent study at Critical Explorers, as part of my graduate course work. I had previously studied with Eleanor Duckworth and Elizabeth Cavicchi, and when I began this study, I was captivated and confused in equal measure by critical exploration.

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Category: Forum

Critical exploration for geometry

So, this morning was the first day back in school after the inspirational conference this past weekend.  I arrived to find that my classes were all less than half full due to the scheduled AP Environmental Science test (our most …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Reimagining a “Flipped” Classroom

The Khan Academy’s “flipped classroom” model has received a huge amount of media attention in the past few years.

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

“Messing Up”

I teach at a school that requires letter grades. At the close of this past semester, while reading my seventh-grade students’ reflections, I was struck by this paragraph from a girl who was discussing her “improvement over time”….

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Investigations

Creating Responsive Curriculum

Much curriculum tends to be static: It prescribes what students should notice and what they should think. How can educators create curriculum that changes as students and teachers engage it — curriculum that engages students and all their varied observations and ideas? …

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Category: About, News

2011 Accomplishments

In this school year, “the having of wonderful ideas” is unfolding in a growing number of classrooms. I’m very proud to list all that our organization has accomplished in 2011. …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Objectively Speaking

Conventional wisdom holds that effective teachers write the objective of each lesson on the board before class so that the students are aware of what the teacher intends them to accomplish. …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Programs

Our First Teacher Workshop … in the Participants’ Own Words

Our first, three-day teacher workshop, “Critical Exploration in the Grade 4 – 12 Humanities Classroom:  An Introduction,” held in August, was focused on poetry as well as on history. …

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Category: Forum

A Drawing by the Author of the Will Churn/Marshall Strode Letters

Hi, Steve and I had this drawing ready for the session on looking closely at student work, and if we had had time after talking about the letters, we would have considered it together.  It is also from the Industrial …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

The “Real Game” of Research: An Exploratory Project for Middle School

What does it really mean to be a researcher? When we assign students a research project, how can we make the experience as authentic and engaging as possible? …

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