Sages and Lunatics: You May Be One

My previous three posts looked at ideas from John Spencer's book Sages and Lunatics. I could go deeper because it is full of great discussion points, but I'd rather you just read the book. This is the final post. It is incredibly difficult to spot the difference between a sage and a lunatic because atRead More

Sages and Lunatics: Blogs as the New EduText

This is the third post in a series reflecting on John Spencer's Sages and Lunatics. Most of the books are practical manuals on how to run a classroom. They offer quick, handy, time-saving ideas. The time of the textbook has come and gone. Schools aren't renewing subscriptions, moving instead to things like 1:1 programs orRead More

Sages and Lunatics: Danger in the Classroom

This is the second post in a series reflecting on John Spencer's Sages and Lunatics The machete was dangerous that day. There is power that comes with learning. Ideas are born; worldviews are constructed. As we learn, we are forced to fit that new information into our existing perceptions and biases. As teachers, we haveRead More

Sages and Lunatics: Teacher as Identity

This is the first post in a series reflecting on John Spencer's Sages and Lunatics. A report came out in early May with data showing college students saw teaching as one of the easiest majors to follow and said that teaching was the top profession for "average" people. In the wake of the report, thereRead More