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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Category: Forum

Critical Explorers Launch Party

Just a brief follow-up to a small group discussion at the Launch Party, (comparing two paintings from the Slavery and Reconstruction curriculum.) One person was very excited and said she could use the same technique of observing, asking “What do …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Investigations

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

(Developing Characters) Here at Critical Explorers, we’ve temporarily paused work on publishing to the website the remaining sections of the Slavery and Reconstruction resources in order to take advantage of an opportunity further to develop our soon-to-be-published Ancient Greece investigation. …

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Category: Forum

New research that supports the value of critical exploration

In the article below Alison Gopnik captures a truth that reflects well on Critical Exploration.  My question for Gopnik and the researchers she cites would be, if the research reflects this truth for preschoolers and their curriculum, why would the same …

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Category: Forum

Meier shoutout to The Having of Wonderful Ideas

“The heart of being an educated person lies precisely in the nuances that separate our choices. Let’s be cautious about aligning everything into a seamless garment” (Deb Meier,  2011). In this week’s Bridging Differences, Deborah Meier wrote briefly of Eleanor’s …

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Category: Forum

Resources for Younger Learners

I’m always on the hunt for beautiful, open-ended materials for my classroom, both for free play and for CE. I teach older toddlers (two years turning three) in a full-time children’s center. What have you stumbled across lately that really caught …

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Category: Critical Exploration

Adventures of Pinocchio: Becoming a Real Learner

Pinocchio, the engaging marionette in Carlo Collodi’s nineteenth-century children’s classic, longed to be a real little boy.  Already, Pinocchio was no ordinary puppet. …

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Category: Forum

Grading is: Easy, Difficult, Imperfect, Impossible or Immoral

Much of this comes from an exchange of emails I shared with a colleague. He remains convinced that grading is immoral. As a math teacher, grading is also of great concern to me given the prevailing view of math being …

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Category: Forum

Before it gets even fuller…

(By Zengxu and Yang) Time: Thursday, 7:20 pm, March 17th. Place: Somervile, MA, US, 02143.   We were on the top of Science Center, waiting to see the Mercury, which was of course much harder to find than this magnificent …

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Category: News, Website

Photos from the Launch Party

Photographers: Paula Labbe, Alva Couch and Elizabeth Cavicchi

(Click the images to enlarge them. Keep scrolling down — we’re posting 24 photos in all!)

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