New Series: Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

In June, I traveled with a handful of colleagues from my district to teach students and train teachers in China.   This was a unique opportunity for me to bridge two of my passions — travel and education!  Our partners on this trip, the Chinese and Cultural Exchange Center (CCEC) and the Creative Academic Network (CAN), tasked us Read More …

“At this point, learning to code is simply about understanding how the world functions.”

Chris Bosh wrote a pretty nerdy piece this week for Wired (that is, after making an appearance on Code.org’s call-to-action video).  In the piece, he reflects on growing up in a household with “extremely geeky parents that were constantly testing gadgets and flashing mad AutoCAD skills”.  And I wonder where I got to where I Read More …

On social media: Bridges bring the heroes in while fences make more villains

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Social media has done me well as a professional. Social media, however, has now been conclusively tied to petty violence and gang activity in Chicago and other major cities across the United States. Does that mean, though, that what we thought of as a limitless bridge is now collapsing and giving way to fences? Read More …

#UIWP2012 Writing Marathon: review of the renovated Lincoln Hall @LASillinois

Today during my time at the Univ of IL Writing Project, I participated in a Writing Marathon.  We broke down into nomadic teams.  Each team would wander campus; find a place to be inspired by; and freewrite for a time before sharing and moving onto a new location.   It’s s new car smell.  Note Read More …

Project Citizen: infographics as a 21st century skill for public policy

This week, we launched a modified, PBL version of Project Citizen, which aims to have “participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”  In the past, this project has gone really well at my school.  Students use the Read More …

watching humble sophomores interview an acclaimed author/producer = my #eduwin

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Last week, I helped to facilitate (note: not “teach”) a great #eduwin that was celebrated more by my students than by me as an educator.  After now weeks of working on our gangs awareness / My Bloody Life project, arrangements were finalized to Skype with Alex Kotlowitz, producer of The Interrupters (which airs on PBS tomorrow/Tuesday night). Read More …