Month: August 2016


Apprenticeship and No Fake Work

At a recent professional development session, one of the participants asked about the concept of apprenticeship in our curriculum. What did we mean by that, and where could that “apprenticeship” be found? Taking an inquiry-based approach, I could say that there are many possible answers to that question, some better supported than others. Instead, though, it had me thinking about the Inquiry By Design slogan, “No fake work.” One of the highlights of Inquiry By Design is that students are […]

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Classroom Environment Part 3: Intellectually Inviting

When I went through my teacher training, back in the Pleistocene age, the hot trends were whole language (which I’m not going to discuss here) and self-esteem (which I am going to discuss here).

To promote self-esteem entire courses and curriculums were developed around helping kids feel good about themselves. There was a big focus on “leveling the playing field” and helping all kids feel successful by removing obstacles, challenges, and competition. This trend backfired (as so many do). It backfired […]

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