Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Objectively Speaking

Conventional wisdom holds that effective teachers write the objective of each lesson on the board before class so that the students are aware of what the teacher intends them to accomplish. …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Programs

Our First Teacher Workshop … in the Participants’ Own Words

Our first, three-day teacher workshop, “Critical Exploration in the Grade 4 – 12 Humanities Classroom:  An Introduction,” held in August, was focused on poetry as well as on history. …

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Category: Forum

A Drawing by the Author of the Will Churn/Marshall Strode Letters

Hi, Steve and I had this drawing ready for the session on looking closely at student work, and if we had had time after talking about the letters, we would have considered it together.  It is also from the Industrial …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

The “Real Game” of Research: An Exploratory Project for Middle School

What does it really mean to be a researcher? When we assign students a research project, how can we make the experience as authentic and engaging as possible? …

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Category: Forum

Moonrise video

I saw this on my alma mater’s blog. It’s a link to an article about a film called “life in a day.” The first clip is a video of the moonrise. Though it was neat and wanted to share! Article …

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Category: Critical Exploration, Programs

Introduction to the August Teacher Workshop

In addition to finding interesting materials, Critical Explorers and the people who have inspired it have developed ways of asking questions, listening to and responding to students, and looking at students’ work. …

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Category: Forum

The Moon Project by Sallie Wolf

Since November 30, 1994 I have been watching for the moon, charting it in my journals using symbols I devised myself, and then compiling my data, using my training in art to help me organize the information and frame the …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Investigations

Strategies for Ancient (and Other) History Explorations (Part II)

(Creating Reconstructions) The primary texts of ancient history, even in translation, can be difficult for students to read and comprehend. When writing styles, vocabularies, or cultural references have changed, primary documents only a few centuries or decades old can seem almost as inaccessible. How can we help students make sense of these sources? …

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Category: Forum

Galinsky’s Seven Essential Life Skills and Duckworth’s Virtues of Not Knowing

How do Galinsky’s life skills connect with Eleanor Duckworth’s The Virtues of not Knowing? [chpt 5 The Having of Wonderful Ideas, 2nd Edition]  Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.      – Ellen Galinsky  …

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Category: Forum

Grading as Social Control

Pat Carini (2001) wrote about taking “humanness, and the valuing of humanness, as starting place and center for education” and resisting “the oversystematization and depersonalization of school.” She also wrote about how in schools, “children are mostly looked at through …

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