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Games in the Classroom

Gamification in Education One of the new, at least newer, aspects of education is Gamification. This is basically the use of games to teach, review, and intervention for the students. With the constant, exponential expansion of online and blended learning it was only a matter of time that computer and video games infiltrated the classroom […]

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Night Driving

Break the Speed Limits, Mind the Stop Signs

When working with teachers, a colleague of mine often asks, “Why do people speed?” The inevitable list of reasons include but are not limited to: time lack of awareness everyone else is doing it just going with the flow no-one else is around etc, etc, etc. Her response is always, “Hmmmm. No-one mentioned it was […]

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Rewriting Teacher Credentials

Coauthors: Gentzke, Scott; Kartheiser, Geo; Keith, Cara; Riddle, Wanda; Sonnier, Andrea; Stone, Adam; Tibbitt, Julie; Zimmerman, Heather; Yuknis, Christina Background: We are doctoral students and a professor at Gallaudet University learning together in a course called Education Policy and Politics. This class incorporates technology and social media using avenues such as Google Drive, Twitter (follow […]

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Using Twitter in Higher Education

  Politicians are increasingly using social media to engage with their constituents, and it has been said that President Obama skillfully used social media, particularly Twitter, to engage younger voters and win both of his presidential elections.  As such, it is important when teaching about policy to ensure that students know how to skillfully navigate […]

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Flip the (Teacher Tenure) Question

Frank Bruni’s recent piece, “The Trouble with Tenure,” is yet another example of an uninformed and un-nuanced op-ed on education reform in the New York Times. This one even has the audacity of claiming to add a positive note to the ongoing discourse. Unfortunately, it only further muddles the debate rather than shed enlightenment. After […]

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The Highly Qualified Teacher Limbo: How Low Can It Go?

What do you think about when you read or hear people talking about the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirement that every child should have a highly qualified teacher (HQT)? Perhaps you envision one of your favorite teachers from school: someone who was warm and caring, knew their content area, provided engaging instruction of that […]

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Paradox of Students’ “Deficits” As Society’s Strengths

This post by Jason Flom was originally published at All Kinds of Minds.   The Economist article, “In praise of misfits,” lays out the business-related benefits of what the author  calls “creatives,” “anti-social geeks,” “oddball quants,” and “rule-breaking entrepreneurs.” While the entire article is well worth the read, we have pulled out a few quotes […]

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Education HAS…

Education has become the proverbial ground zero for an age old problem. Essentially the dilemma focused on what to teach. As our economy has become more diversified and the globalized world grows in specificity of jobs, many postsecondary schools, especially the for-profits entities, base their curriculum off of professional expectations proffered by employers. There is […]

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Book Release

For the readers of my column, and all others, my book _Social Studies Comes Alive_ was released on March 1st from Prufrock Press in Austin, Texas. It is filled with cross-curricular/interdisciplinary classroom instructional approaches that I have used and modified during my decade in the classroom. Ready to use handouts are included with each chapter. […]

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Insurgent Instruction: Absurdity

This is the final portion of this series on Insurgent Instruction. The examination and investigation into Insurgent Instruction has been purposely brief in order that this particular approach to instructional design and delivery does not become prescriptive in nature. There are already enough curriculum and instruction approach which minutely map out their fixes and philosophies. […]

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Insurgent Instruction: Silence

Part of successfully begin agile in the classroom environment as a teacher is timing. Timing is everything when delivering a lesson, or guiding student practice. Like actors, comedians, predators as well as prey, getting the timing right can be the difference between life and death. One of the more overlooked aspects of timing in the […]

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Insurgent Instruction: Teachable Moments and Targets of Opportunity

“The future is unwritten.” Joe Strummer Teachable moments are nothing new to the education profession. Generations of teachers have capitalized upon these. There have been journal articles written about them. Professional development workshops have filled summer days for generations. After teaching for a decade, I have enjoyed my share of them. But the more interns […]

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The GREAT Teachers & Principals Act will (not) fix our teachers

Kenneth Zeichner recently wrote an article for The Answer Sheet at the Washington Post detailing why the GRowing Excellent Achievement Training Academies (GREAT) Teachers and Principals Act, which is currently under discussion in Congress, is not so great.  He notes that, if passed, this “would establish state-based competitive grant programs to create charter teacher and […]

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Sidebar: Sound bites and sagacity, and synthesis

Not that long ago, Jaden Smith encouraged everyone paying attention on the web via Twitter to drop out of school. The son of the famous actor, Will Smith tried his hand at being an educational philosopher at the end of this past September. This is actually nothing new in the realm of public education. Part […]

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Lincoln Memorial as seen from Washington Monument

A Nation at Risk? One class’ perspective.

Coauthors: Cue, Katrina; Dunn, Kim Misener; Foxsmith, Eve Laney; Gash, Ashley; Nowak, Stacy; Santini, Joseph; Wright, Jordan We are seven graduate students and one professor at Gallaudet University learning together in a course called Education Policy and Politics. This class incorporates technology and social media using avenues such as Google Drive, Twitter (follow #EDU860), and […]

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Insurgent Instruction – Frontloading the Standards

Insurgent instruction is an educational approach comprised of parts. Similarly, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The primary reason for this is due to the unknown and unexpected facets, the students and the teachers. This portion of education is what makes it so much fun as well as so much challenging. […]

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Insurgent Instruction – What is it?

This next series of posts will focus on a new a different approach to classroom teaching. More than an approach, it is a perspective…a philosophy of teaching and learning. This term “philosophy of education” has been bandied about far too much in the recent decades. However, for this approach and understanding to classroom instruction and […]

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Theater of the Classroom – What is a Storyteller?

Here at the end of the journey of the Theater of the Classroom, the question remains of what exactly is a storyteller? This last portion of this examination of enlivening the classroom has been focused on the role of the storyteller. Part of the ultimate objective of classroom teaching is not only to engage the […]

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Thearter of the Classroom – The Importance of Storytelling

Humans have been storytelling since before the advent for formal language. It seems as if we are literally hardwired for incomparable act of immortality. The great mythologist, Joseph Campbell showed through his life’s work that regardless of the era or location many of the stories were the same. From time immemorial, stories have been the […]

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