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So long, and thanks for the ride

It's been a great run, an enriching venture, another feather in Connie's cap especially. I've learned lots, enjoyed the sharing and sparring and made some new good friends - in a digital kind of way. Every good wish to you all for the future. Thanks for the community.

Ian

Added by Ian Carmichael on November 12, 2014 at 6:18am — 1 Comment

A good run

I have been running my own blog site for a while now but I got started by writing to Fireside and I appreciate the good this site has served over the years.  Thanks to those who have been administrators and to those who created the site.  I have enjoyed the conversation and am sorry that this good thing must end.

Added by Stephen Lafer on November 12, 2014 at 12:42am — 1 Comment

The Procedure, and how it is harming education , by Marion Brady

Washington Post , “The Answer Sheet” blog by Valerie Strauss Posted January 12, 2014



‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education



By Marion Brady



In a Wall Street Journal op-ed (i), high-profile education reformer Lou Gerstner, Jr., wrote, “We must start with the recognition that, despite decade after decade of reform efforts, our public K- 12 schools have not improved.”



In a speech to the American Federation of Teachers (ii), multi-billionaire… Continue

Added by cindy fadel on January 13, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Join the #edchat: Teach Digital Literacy?

I do my best to join or at least follow one #edchat per week on twitter, using my own twitter account @lemino. It has become one of the best sources of learning about education innovation, about the ins and outs of education systems, and about the shakers and movers in this field. It’s actually very exciting when you try to follow a conversation on a single topic with…

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Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on December 19, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Join the #edchat: Teach Digital Literacy?

I do my best to join or at least follow one #edchat per week on twitter, using my own twitter account @lemino. It has become one of the best sources of learning about education innovation, about the ins and outs of education systems, and about the shakers and movers in this field. It’s actually very exciting when you try to follow a conversation on a single topic with…

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Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on December 19, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Another time and place

I haven't sent anything to this blog for a long time having begun anew on a site at www.lafered.com, a personal site on which I have been writing with some regularity.  I do think that Fireside is an important place for important conversation about important educational matters and I hope to share thoughts here from time to time because I think that there are people who come to this site who have a profound and sincere interest in doing what is necessary…

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Added by Stephen Lafer on August 14, 2013 at 1:17am — No Comments

"That's a Great PBL!" --Kids and Complexity, the joy of problem-investigation

This time of year I get to reap the harvest of having planted so many seeds in the problem-solving department.  Or said a different way, I get to see the results of having trained good hunters in the problem-solving department.  Problem-finding AND problem-solving, that is. 



Since September, I've been teaching my students to see complex wholes, giant systems with interacting variables.  Mostly we look at things from an ecological viewpoint--animals within systems, life cycles…

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Added by Connie Weber on April 10, 2013 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

resources for my talk at the GoodWork Conference in Dedham, MA March 7th, 2013 "Extending the Thoughtful Classroom Online"





Howard Gardner and Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, USC Shoa Foundation conversation.  "Digital Media, learning, and empathy"

http://sfi.usc.edu/news/4732

Vickie Davis, Edutopia  "Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts"…

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Added by Connie Weber on March 7, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Filing a previous discussion on the book Transforming Schools

eplies to This Discussion…

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Added by Martha Russell on March 4, 2013 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Immediate Realities

 

“Immediate Realities” is a topic discussed in my new book, As If There Were No Tomorrow.                     

Students are rarely able to articulate how a certain lesson plan or teaching strategy is better suited for their individual learning styles.     But students do understand and express in some form or fashion their immediate realities—their day to day concerns and circumstances that serve either as incentives or impediments to learning. Are we listening…

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Added by Dr. Tom Delaney on February 5, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

The Positive Power of Being Strange

How to make room for "the strange" and discover the power of creative group problem-solving?

Added by Michael C Wagner on September 5, 2012 at 8:38pm — No Comments

From the chapter "A Promising Start" in Howard Gardner's book, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Reframed

From the chapter "A Promising Start" in Howard Gardner's book, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Reframed.



Yes, This I believe.  This I enact.  Our greatest hope is in blending the ages together online, joining together in this adventure, coming into the next human age, the era of online connectedness. …

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Added by Connie Weber on July 2, 2012 at 6:31am — 3 Comments

In the Work World They Still Prefer Rows!

"Do you have any photos of your classrooms or class activities that you would like to share on Firesidelearning? Are there any wise words of advice about classroom designs that work or don't?"

Great question Connie.

Most of my settings involve adult learners in the marketplace. I continue to be…

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Added by Michael C Wagner on June 18, 2012 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Losing the narrative

(cross posted from TeachScience.net)

Most of us in the teaching profession have commented, lamented, bragged, or at least observed that teaching and learning ain’t what it used to be, due to some combination of changes in students, their teachers, society, culture, and values. In particular, I am finding that over the last few years I am losing the narrative.

Have you noticed that when you study a complex subject in…

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Added by Ed Hitchcock on May 4, 2012 at 11:50am — 4 Comments

I believe that all students can learn at higher levels than we have previously believed....

I am on the fence with this statement.....

Added by Educated Lady on April 14, 2012 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

WHAT STANDARDIZED TESTS SHOULD ASSESS, BY MARION BRADY

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

What standardized tests should assess

By Valerie Strauss

This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author. This first appeared on truth-out.org .



By Marion Brady



If you fly, thank Myron Tribus for helping make your flight safer. He played a major role in the development of the equipment that keeps airliner wings free of ice.



Myron was a captain in the Army Air Force… Continue

Added by cindy fadel on March 22, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Back at my high school desk!

Last week I had a nightmare and woke up in cold sweat. I dreamt that I was forced to go back to high school and re-do my matriculation exams. I don’t think I would have been that frightened if I had dreamt of being sentenced to jail. And in a way, I feel I am partly there, doing my high school the second time around, due to my high identification with my daughter’s experience in high school.

If there’s something I regret, now that she is in 12th grade, about to finish it in 5 months…

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Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on February 14, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

Nostalgia's not what it used to be?

I was just cruising through some old posts (trying to find my old RSS reader in fact. I never did.). But what I did notice is the change of pace of discourse. It would seem that the style of Fireside has not been taken up in the micro world of twitter, the emotionally-centred world of Facebook or the cool information-heavy world of Google+. I miss it.

We seem to have had time to converse, to explore issues widely and express ourselves expansively. The word counts of…

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Added by Ian Carmichael on February 6, 2012 at 4:50am — 3 Comments

How we teach for the known world, perhaps.

I was up in the east hills of Reno with my dogs and listening to a podcast of the BBC program "Analysis" that happened to be about something I had spoken of in my class last night.  Serendipity, perhaps but and interesting, maybe, discussion that may, perhaps be of value in our deliberations, a program about certainty.  I would say that I have not doubt that it would be of value, but I cannot say that with certainty.  Then again, it might really be something of a game changer in how…

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Added by Stephen Lafer on January 27, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Virtual Speaker Series features Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis will present a workshop entitled, “Flattening Classrooms, Expanding Minds” as part of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 Speaker Series on Thursday January 12, 2011 at 3:00pm EST USA or Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 20:00:00 GMT […

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Added by mrsdurff on January 5, 2012 at 12:14pm — No Comments

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