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: Critical Exploration, News, Website

Talks from the Launch Party, Part III

I am so happy to see you all here! Welcome, and thank you very much for celebrating this important moment with us. The over-arching purpose of Critical Explorers is to promote the having of wonderful ideas in public schools. …

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Category: Critical Exploration, News

Talks from the Launch Party, Part II

I want to thank all of you for your support of this work.  All through its development I have been dependent on colleagues who shared the same goals for teachers and kids, and encouraged me in the way I was trying to go about it. …

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Category: Critical Exploration, News

Talks from the Launch Party, Part I

… I’m very proud to be a part of this gathering – to enter with you into this remarkable moment that is both a culmination and a beginning. We’ve called this a “launch” party, and I think that metaphor works because what we’re launching is a vessel …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Conversations and Community

Sometimes I’m lucky enough to overhear a conversation that fits a question I’ve been carrying around. Maybe due to my sense of murkiness on the topic, I’m drawn to listen but reluctant to join. If I’m really lucky, the conversation helps clarify my thinking…

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

“What Do You Notice?”

Within the approach of critical exploration, we often begin teaching about a subject matter by creating an encounter with a carefully chosen object of study that is drawn from or somehow embodies the subject matter we want to teach. The object of study is a primary source —

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