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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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A Moment of Clarity

So often when I have written a post for this blog it has felt like a compulsion. The words have been spinning around in my head for several days until at last the pressure becomes so great they burst  through … Continue reading

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Identifying Obstacles to Learning

This post will appear to be about dogs, although it is also about human learners. But if you are a dog lover you will likely get more out of it.  As I have said before, my dogs are a couple … Continue reading

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Stepping Off the Treadmill

When one is on a treadmill one has to keep going at a steady pace, with eyes forward. Concentration is required to keep from losing balance and falling off sideways or being flung off the back. There is no chance … Continue reading

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Questioning Everything

Here we are at the end of the fall trimester of 2014 at Proctor Academy, a small school in rural New Hampshire, my home for nearly half my life,  and I feel more confused, less sure of my role as … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Tests?

A Lot of things. The longer I am an educator, the more I dislike tests. I’m not talking about standardized tests like SAT’s and so forth, which of course have their own problems. I’m talking about my own tests that … Continue reading

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This Week In Chemistry Class

Two weeks ago my wonderful honors chemistry students asked to do a more project based assessment for the upcoming chapter instead of a traditional test.  So now I can come back to this blog and report on their amazing work! … Continue reading

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