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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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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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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