Author Archives: Sue Houston

About Sue Houston

I've been teaching high school science for over 25 years. The more I learn, the more questions I have about how good education really works. This blog is an attempt to explore the fundamental question of "How do Kids Learn?" This blog will include posts related to technology in education, neuroscience, behavioral science and real life experiences in the classroom. Please, I invite you all to join the conversation in the comments sections. Perhaps together we can find more insights into how kids learn! If you are a student, educator, or past student (that covers everyone, right?) you have something to contribute! :)

School Re-Examined

How can we, as educators, tap into that natural human curiosity, that drive to understand, that intrinsic need to master the world? How can we ignite that passion for learning, blow it into a flame and keep adding fuel, rather than throwing a bucket of cold water on the fire? Continue reading

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Backlash

backlashInevitably as advancements occur in a culture the excitement of new ideas will be surely be followed by anxiety and then a backlash.

Educators are in the midst of this phenomenon as we see our classrooms inexorably invaded by smartphones, Ipads and computers. Continue reading

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Project Update: In Students’ Own Words

Upon starting to write this post to follow up on progress with this project, (See the last post “Learning that Matters.”) I  realized that student voices should be the ones to tell the story.  These students have done an incredible … Continue reading

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Learning That Matters

Today I learned from a high school girl on the other side of the planet, how to make a steam powered electrical generator out of a pressure cooker, part of a hair dryer, some plastic tubing and a few wires, … Continue reading

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SAMR: Don’t Get Stuck On “S!”

Remember when you learned how to ride a bike, practicing in the driveway for hours, until suddenly you got it! Balance was achieved, and with a little more pedaling you were off and riding down the road, exploring places your … Continue reading

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Wake Up Fellow Educators! The Age of Knowledge is here!

In my pocket is a magical device that opens a portal to nearly all the accumulated knowledge humankind has acquired in the past ten thousand years. That knowledge includes all the major scientific, historical and cultural understandings we have gained … Continue reading

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How Technology is Not Ruining My Classroom

Just four years ago there was a “no screens” rule in my classroom. Open laptops were forbidden, I-pads frowned upon, and cell phones a target. I wanted my students’ full attention at all times and it seemed obvious to me … Continue reading

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