Oct
30
2014
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The Full Interview with Dr. Spiros Michalakis

As part of my recent superhero PBL unit, I brought in Dr. Spiros Michalakis to talk to my students about research for their science-fiction based narratives.  Spiros is a Quantum Physicist who consulted on the new Marvel movie, Ant-man.  Sure, ...
Dec
23
2013
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What do Jeff Wilhelm and Ashton Kutcher Have in Common? : Teaching for Character

Earlier this December, I attended the UCI Writing Project annual conference.  Every year, this conference douses a teacher in strategies to teach writing and literacy, and every year I come away with valuable methods and implementation goals.  This year, the ...
Sep
23
2012
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New Shakespeare Collaborative Project: Anyone Interested?

Rarely do I hit up my readers for help, but I'm looking for classrooms to participate in, what I believe to be, a cool interdisciplinary Project Based Learning opportunity that combines Shakespeare and the digital era. I was talking to Nina ...
Feb
29
2012
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The Common Core Tabloid: Truth vs. Hearsay

So much is hearsay right now about the Common Core, it feels like the educational system has become a tabloid in their interpretation of what does not even exist yet.  In fact, from this level of speculation has sprouted a ...
Feb
14
2012
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New Edutopia post: The Power of Project-Based Writing in the Classroom

It seems like it's been forever since I wrote an actual post for my beloved Tweenteacher site!  But I guess it's a happy problem as I've been writing here and there in the edublogosphere for these past couple of weeks. ...
Jan
09
2012
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Tweenteacher Class on Project Based Writing

Hey all, Guess what?  I'm going to be facilitating a class for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach's Powerful Learning Practice.  The six-week course is on Project Based Writing, a strategic way to bring in authentic assessments and meaningful learning into any Language Arts program, ...
Sep
24
2011
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Teaching the Executive Summary: Applying Real Life to School Life

OK, so there they are: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They are in your audience and have their checkbooks out looking for a new cause to fund. Will it be yours? So began my schpeel on writing an Executive ...
Sep
18
2011
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DARPA project con’t: Research and Questioning

As my readers may know, my students are planning for the future of the human species. This year, as I have described in an earlier post, I am dedicating much of the year to Project-Based Learning and trying to ...
Sep
06
2011
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The Power of Teaching Something You Know Nothing About

This year, I have decided to teach solely in Project-Based Writing. I’m defining Project-Based Writing as a series of constructed units built around authentic assessment, authentic audience, and authentic learning that incorporates the multiple writing genres. That ...
Jun
29
2010
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Picking a Start of the Year Project for PBL

So just as school started to wrap up, I decided that at the start of next year, we would be picking a local cause and trying to solve it. Now, I was entertaining the thought that the kids would ...

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