Category: Culture

Managing Innovative Authentic Learning Experiences

Follow on Twitter @JMcCarthyEdS and subscribe to this website and the Youtube Channel for access to the latest in instructional design and developing and empowering Student Voice. ********* Planning and implementing innovative learning experiences at the unit design level can feel like a daunting task. If you’re reading this then I applaud your courage and …

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Education is Like Yoga IV: To Error is to Grow

This post was a long time coming. The quote that starts this post was packed with so much meaning for me regarding the needs of students. I needed time to reflect on what path to take with it. That, and I was in the midst of a 6 part series on Differentiated Instruction for Edutopia …

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Give the Gift of Time

My kids inspired me to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They kept sharing  videos of people participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Their interest and respect for how people were contributing to a good cause led me to ask myself, “How am I demonstrating support for worthy causes, other than saying it’s …

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Breathe in, Breath Out: Education is like Yoga II

I founded Opening Paths to advocate for the voices of students (1st) and educators. A mixture of pedagogy, instructional strategies, and educational concepts, this blog seeks to make you go “hmmm…” as I do, during my travels along pathways to explore new ideas and old challenges. Join me through this blog, especially the resources and follow me …

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Education is like Yoga I: Morning Meditation

“Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.” -Yoga Quote Most Sundays, when I’m not traveling, I go to a yoga class with my wife. We get there 30 minutes early just to ensure that we get to choose our spot. I italicized early because even though my Yoga instructor …

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Homework Balance, Part 2

In my first installment about Homework, I referenced Karl Taro Greenfeld in “My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me” regarding his 7 day experience doing the same homework as his daughter received at school. His article strongly showed how homework can turn a student’s school day into a 10+ hour work day, or 56+ hour work …

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The Homework Balance, Pt 1

The Homework Balance In the October issue of Atlantic Monthly, Karl Taro Greenfeld in “My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me” wrote about an experiment he did. For one week he experienced the homework load that his daughter brought from her middle school. Each day, for 7 days, he followed the assignment list that she brought …

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Nurturing Student Voices

Voice is a powerful tool that cannot be silenced. During the Arab Spring of 20012 this was demonstrated in the way that Twitter was used to communicate among the protesters and with the world media. And as with other social media, it continues to have an impact. Wherever there is a place where voice and …

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Grace under a microscope

“It’s important to remember that when things go wrong, keep it positive. The students are watching how you respond to the situation.” I’m paraphrasing my colleague’s comment, which was one of those statements that made me pause. It’s such an obvious concept, yet how often do we forget in the moment that there are others …

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Belly Up to the Genius Bar

I’m at the Genius Bar of the Apple Store to get help with my laptop. As usual the customer service is top notch. I’ve had two service staff assist me, and done so in a collaborative way. Both are supporting other customers at the same time that they are helping me, yet I do not …

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