Ugly Learning

Unfortunately, we are entrenched in an age of education that wants to be "pretty." Students are all reaching "mastery" in every subject and they all move at the same pace through every class every year. Like all utopian societies, this is not attainable. True learning is ugly (to outsiders), and we need to embrace thatRead More

How to Create an Effective Study Guide

Final exams and standardized testing are right around the corner for us. My students have the obligation to sit in a large room and take multiple choice questions that (supposedly) tell us (them?) how much they have learned this year about biology. Naturally, the discussion about study guides comes up more and more frequently fromRead More

Flipped Classroom Point

I wrote the following essay as a response to the ISTE Community Point/Counterpoint question: "To Flip, or Not to Flip?" You can see the discussion on the ISTE Community Forum. The Flipped Classroom has enjoyed a boost in popularity recently. Unfortunately, the focus has been on the distorted idea that students spend all their timeRead More