Category Archives: Why Change?

Making at Deeper Learning 2016

This morning, Courtney swapped her usual dry-erase marker for a butane torch. About half-an-hour earlier, we had a choice to go to sessions and discuss topics generated by attendees. Or to make stuff. Courtney, a Humanities teacher, spent Wednesday at workshops about brain training … Continue reading

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Engineering Elevated in MPX STEM

It’s February break in Connecticut and a friend’s wedding in LA, a very hospitable Mid-Pacific Institute, a cheap flight, and my own curiosity brings me to Hawaii. While this trip is self-funded, there’s lots to be learned that can benefit … Continue reading

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STEM and Humanities Combine at Mid-Pacific eXploratory

It’s February break in Connecticut and a friend’s wedding in LA, a very hospitable Mid-Pacific Institute, a cheap flight, and my own curiosity brings me to Hawaii. While this trip is self-funded, there’s lots to be learned that can benefit … Continue reading

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EXPLORING THE ADJACENT POSSIBLE (AND THE WARM WEATHER OF SAN DIEGO)

Ever since I joined the Innovation Lab team, I’ve heard about High Tech High (HTH), a network of public charter schools in San Diego. The other InLab team members who visited last year described it in quasi-religious language, a mythical … Continue reading

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A Student Says It Best

Over the past couple of weeks, in the midst of all the back to school hubbub, the words of a former student keep coming to mind. In the concluding paragraph of his final exam for my Modern World Lit. 500 … Continue reading

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Learning Math in a PBL Program is Way Different (and that’s okay!)

Since this project started, I’ve constantly struggled to see where math fits into a project-based learning environment. The math most of our students would naturally use in academic research is heavy in statistics, modeling, and basic Algebra/Geometry. Conversely, the standard … Continue reading

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The Problem of Creating Better Mentoring Solved Through PBL Environments

In my career as a teacher, and now especially as an Assistant Dean, I have often pondered the tough questions about education.  Why do some students of average or better intellect fail while others succeed?  Why is there an “achievement … Continue reading

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The Seeds of Innovation

The best back to school PD day I ever had didn’t involve administrators, union leadership, or even fellow teachers speaking and presenting. Instead, all of the Stamford Public School teachers gathered in an auditorium and listened to Neil deGrasse Tyson, … Continue reading

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Problem-based Learning

On the first day of school, I show my students the classroom scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In it, Ben Stein, speaking in an unwavering monotone, “teaches” an economics lesson to a class of bored students. More like a … Continue reading

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[FAQ] Why? Defining the Need… Part II

In my first post delving into this topic, I attempted to provide the broadest, longest range perspective on why the team believes the new school initiative at Greenwich High School is not only a great idea but a necessary one. … Continue reading

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