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Back into the Digital Breach: Help Me Out! | Beyond School
"10. I’m a talker. Listen to me for ten minutes & I’ll show you I understand more than the test scores show — & I’ll be way more interesting when doing it.9. I’m an artist…8. I’m a clown. Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert do history the way I’d like to.…7. I’m a musician…6. I’m interested in film-making…5. I’m a poet / rapper / songwriter…4. I’m a gamer. Let me imagine video games about this stuff & write business pitches explaining how they would help students learn Chinese history through gaming.3. I’m into business. Let me create business plans selling historical tours to China (or other ideas)…2. I’m a creative writer, not an academic essay writer…1. I’m a journalist. Let me write feature articles about stuff that interests me in a magazine or newspaper forma…

If you’re none of the above? Talk to me."

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clayburell  teaching  projectbasedlearning  expression  writing  alternative  learning  history  video  videogames  film  filmmaking  fiction  classideas  learningstyles  entrepreneurship  music  art  drawing  conversation  discussion  pbl 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Confucius on Teaching | Beyond School
The Master said, “I will not enlighten a heart that is not already struggling to understand, nor will I provide the proper words to a tongue that is not already struggling to speak. If I hold up one corner of a problem and the student cannot come back to me with the other three, I will not attempt to instruct him again.”Analects 7.8
confucius  confucianism  clayburell  teaching  motivation  learning  tcsnmy  education  unschooling  deschooling  intrinsicmotivation 
january 2011 by robertogreco
The New York Times is Always Right: A Media Literacy Lesson | Beyond School
"Instead, capitalism is trotted out in white hat of “freedom & democracy,” & communism in black hat of “tyranny & totalitarianism.”
clayburell  history  teaching  capitalism  communism  democracy  ambiguity  propaganda  animalfarm  georgeorwell  literature  us  tcsnmy  classideas  systems  civics  criticalthinking 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Advice for Teachers Scorned | Beyond School
"East Asia is blessed by Confucianism. When Han Dynasty...put political support behind [his] teachings...unknowingly rooted in Chinese spirit a devotion to education & scholarship...teachers, students, & schools.
politics  unschooling  schools  education  teaching  clayburell  confucius  confucianism  asia  china  korea  japan  respect  learning  academics  teachers  students  choices  braindrain  eastasia  priorities 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Barbarians with Laptops - robertogreco {tumblr}
Hi Katie. Thank you for the mention over at Clay Burell's blog and thanks for all the thought provoking quotes and links. I’ve got a few thoughts directed to you in a comment that doesn't appear to have made it through Clay's comment filter (not surprising given the length). So, I put it together with my previous comment and posted it to my not-quite-a-blog on Tumblr.

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comments  tcsnmy  laptops  1to1  learning  education  cv  clayburell  teaching  technology  content  skills  students  time  1:1 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Barbarians with Laptops: An Unreasonable Fear? at Beyond School
"I’ll start with saying I’m still uncomfortable with the opportunity cost notion. As a history teacher — which to me means “preparation for informed citizenship” teacher — I’m not sure I want to sacrifice time that could be used learning and drawing conclusions from human history on the altar of failed web 2.0 experimentation. ... Whatever your subject matter, I’d love to see specific examples of digital tools and practices that, either through research-based evidence or your own direct observation, you think enhance the learning of content or the development of skills in the classroom."

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comments  teaching  technology  1to1  laptops  education  clayburell  content  skills  learning  students  time  tcsnmy  1:1 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Videos: Mental Poverty, Collaboration, “Recession Skills 101″ at Beyond School
"Seth Godin on Curiosity:
1. On the mental poverty of religious fundamentalists
2. On the mental richness of the curious
3. On how two generations lead sadly mediocre lives due to television, and how the lucky few have kicked that habit
4. On the curious and the fearful — “the masses in the middle [who have] brainwashed themselves into thinking it’s safe to do nothing”
5. On the difficulty of becoming curious — due to decades of schooling punishing curiosity
6. Nice Mao reference for this Chinese history teacher!
7. Paradox: “The safest thing to do is be risky; the riskiest thing to do is be safe.”
8. How Godin beat the odds and remained curious.
9. How religious fundamentalism has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with an outlook that rejects curiosity."
religion  curiosity  clayburell  sethgodin  learning  television  tv  schooling  unschooling  deschooling  fear 
december 2009 by robertogreco
On Using Technology without Understanding It at Beyond School
"Surely s/he knew that the 21st Century writer learns as much from the 21st Century reader as the reader does from the writer. (Because 21st Century readers — the best ones, anyway — write with the writer. Just look at Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman’s blog, all the references he makes in his writing to what his readers are saying in comments. Look at Rolling Stones’ Matt Taibbi having conversations with his readers in the space beneath his articles — you know, those silly “forum”-like things. Just look.)

So yeah, I wanted to respond to it, and share to the world here on my (real) blog. I thought the writing and the critique of the rush to laptop use in the classroom were that good.

But the editorial was on that precious resource and traditional tool called — what was it? It’s been so long since I’ve written on it–oh yeah, paper, so no luck there (for me, or the forests, or the atmosphere, or the students’ future environmental situation)."
21stcenturyskills  students  digitalnatives  clayburell  publishing  tcsnmy  technology  luddism  teaching  learning  edtech  education  schools  writing  newmedia  21stcentury  21stcenturylearning  pedagogy  future 
december 2009 by robertogreco
On Laxatives and GPA’s | Beyond School
"It takes social intelligence to know how to button-down in spirit, & not just in form. Losing the tie is not the same thing as losing the constipation, as anyone literate in body & facial language knows. How we move, sit, stand, arrange our faces, choose what to say & how to say it, are all forms of writing by which others read us; we’re walking texts, in this sense. And our whiz-kids need to be taught this, since so many of them clearly need it. I could go on forever about this, & probably need to, because I can hear the rumblings before the comments are even formed (so let me say, again, that I’m not saying academics don’t matter, but that so much else matters as well — especially in a landscape of diminishing opportunities). I’ll just close this sermon by saying that what I’m saying is nothing new to adults, but it is to kids. We’ve conditioned them to think that all work, no play, & 4.0 gpa makes Johnny a success, when they really, as the old saw goes, make him a “very dull boy.”"
clayburell  academics  schools  schooling  unschooling  sociality  teaching  education  comments  tcsnmy  grades  grading  play  learning  success  lcproject  deschooling 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Why Academic Excellence Doesn't Cut It Any More | Beyond School
"First, your grades might get you in the door, but they won’t get you up the ladder. (And in this Age of Defining-Down “Success,” even getting in the door shouldn’t be taken for granted. Having a job at all, in other words, may be the “new” success. Just ask the 1-in-5 Americans currently unemployed or under-employed.)

And second, we don’t see you as a GPA, because we see the rest of you daily. How you walk and who you walk with, how you sit and how you compose your face, where your eyes go and don’t go, what comes (and doesn’t come) out of your mouth — all of things things are very obvious codes that we decode daily. And when you leave us, others with the power to pull you up or keep you down will take our place, and they’ll read those same codes."
grades  grading  clayburell  social  socialintelligence  attitude  tcsnmy  teaching  success  entitlement  privilege  asia  us  india 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Education - "End Times" for the NYTimes - and for Schooling?
"If you didn't see Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones' segment on the decline of the New York Times - called "End Times" - it's not only hilarious and, in an end-of-an-era sort of way, sad. It's also fascinating when watched with education in mind. Watch it yourself, and see if it doesn't lead to parallels in your own thinking between newspapers and textbooks, news-bloggers and classroom teachers, hallowed institutions like the NYTimes and their ivy-covered cousins in academe. Then read Wikinomics co-author Don Tapscott's "The Impending Demise of the University" on, or his request for reader feedback on the same post at HuffPo, and ask yourself: what won't be brought down by the internet? Watching the Daily Show segment makes me wish some satirist would take on Harvard - or plain old traditional public education k-12, for that matter - with the same wit unleashed on the NYTimes. Interesting times."
education  dailyshow  nytimes  newspapers  journalism  teaching  learning  colleges  universities  clayburell  change  reform  humor  dontapscott  tcsnmy 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Education - How Save Home-Schooled Children from the Worst Homes?
Several interesting comments including: "I, too, have met that one whacko family that even other homeschoolers agree should not be homeschooling, but I am not willing to give up my rights and those of the hundreds of other normal homeschoolers I know so that crazy family's kids are forced into school -- and continue to suffer from having crappy parents anyway." AND the comment from Dawn West.
education  homeschool  unschooling  deschooling  parenting  activism  clayburell  learning  law  legal  regulation 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Education - Pres. Obama, Korea is No Argument for Longer School Hours
"In a nutshell, Kim's research suggests that all that hyper-schooling in Korea does not result in high university performance. On the contrary, Korean students who enter "top" American universities drop out before graduating at the staggering rate of 44%. China and India, with populations 20 times larger than Korea's, post drop-out rates almost half as low: China at 25%, India at 21%. (American drop-out rates at the same colleges were at 34%.)"
korea  schools  teaching  learning  moreofthesame  moreisnotbetter  education  change  barackobama  clayburell  colleges  universities  success 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Education - Standardized Incoherence
So much to quote. Here's part of a comment from Lisa Amphlett: "as a director of a very 21st century business - we design web-based applications and services - I wouldn't be interested in using the national curriculum of ANY country as a yardstick by which to measure a potential employee's suitability. We don't think that school, in and of itself, is important, or that exam results tell us much. What we look for are very smart people who are passionate about learning, people who can and do teach themselves, and people who are happy to take on responsibility, holding themselves to account. We don't see many of them, but when we do, we snap them up. I think that as industries evolve this century, our approach will become more and more common (it already is)."
dougnoon  education  tcsnmy  learning  schools  governance  politics  standards  assessment  us  gamechanging  clayburell  lisaamphlett  cv 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Education - Reading Despite Teaching (Or, "How the Hulk Led Me to Hamlet")
"my public school teachers probably had no idea that their desperate attempts to make us students engage in sincere reflection about books through book reports were so futile because we were naturally reflecting on our own cultural texts in authentic social reading groups—normally in the woods in our neighborhood. If my goal as a language arts teacher is to make good book-reporters of my kids, then I should keep assigning book reports; but if I want to make them lifelong readers who read like we adults do—we read books and discuss them with others—I’ll allow authentic book chats in class."
clayburell  books  reading  teaching  comics  literature  tcsnmy 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Public Education - Why Schoolwork Doesn't Have to Suck: Learning 2.0
"And I want this quick post to highlight an issue that parents should be attuned to, but probably aren't: the use of the internet for learning. If your child's schooling - their classroom, their homework, their textbooks, their major assignments - looks like it did when you were in school, then dear parent, you may have a problem: your children are being given an education that will help them succeed in a bygone age: the 20th century.
clayburell  teaching  schools  learning  education  essays  writing  readwriteweb  tcsnmy  wikis  blogging  students 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Public Education - Crowdsourcing for Edu-Change: Help Us Find Education Non-Profits to Support
"There are a million education blogs, websites, and non-profits out there advocating for change. One beauty of is its mission to bring together millions of people interested in change, and connect them to existing nonprofits already working to make the changes so many of us want, and in need of our support."
education  change  clayburell  nonprofit  politics  reform  schools  us  lcproject  nonprofits 
january 2009 by robertogreco
God, Obama, and Me: Annotations of BO’s 2004 Interview on His Religious Beliefs | Beyond School
"He studied philosophy, religion, politics, history, literature in college. He was seeking wisdom....while I don’t share Obama’s views about many things below, I do admire that he seems to have gone through the hard work of reflecting his way to those views, instead of just believing the things he was taught by parents, preachers, and all teachers of old dogmas in his life....Put another way, the interview below is an example of that other (rightfully) sacred cow of modern education, project-based learning - with a vengeance. Because the project was a life-long one, and so authentic it had nothing to do with assignments and grades - nothing to do with school at all. It had everything to do with authentic learning for its own sake, learning for the highest purpose of all: a life of wisdom...We’ve got a life-long learner as our next president. Happy days are here again."

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barackobama  religion  spirituality  learning  wisdom  life  happiness  clayburell  belief  faith  unschooling  deschooling  alternative 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Unsucky English, Lecture 1: On Gilgamesh | Beyond School
"Let’s start with the oldest story ever told (at least that we have written down), the first story in the history of this whacked and wonderful species we all belong to, the story whose title will make your eyes roll and your feet head for the exit door the minute you hear it, because it’s associated with your lifetime of aversion to schooly suckiness."
clayburell  classics  literature  gilgamesh  tcsnmy  deschooling  unschooling  academia  writing  bible 
august 2008 by robertogreco
How Freedom Can Depress Students: More from Happiness Studies | Beyond School
"1. Students given some control over the content and demonstration of their learning are happier. 2. The basic structure of schools - prescribed course selection, prescribed schedules and durations, prescribed timetables for learning and moving on - are innately “depressing” for students. 3. If not the norm in schools, student experience of autonomous learning under one teacher may do more harm than good."
clayburell  danielgilbert  psychology  control  learning  deschooling  schooling  education  depression  happiness  freedom  research  autonomy  scheduling  self-directed 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Legacy 4: In the Crumbling Temple of the Dead White Males (the College Years) | Beyond School
"they forgot about the learner in their zeal to be teachers. This is why their teaching failed to win me...they [need to] start with knowing their learners, with respecting & esteeming them, & whatever cultural scripts those learners bring into the class.
clayburell  pedagogy  teaching  learning  constructivism  literature  philosophy  history  adolescence  method  listening  respect 
july 2008 by robertogreco
How the Hulk Led Me to Hamlet | Beyond School
"If goal as language arts teacher is to make good book-reporters...keep assigning book reports; but if I want to make them lifelong readers who read like adults—we read books and discuss them with others—I’ll allow authentic book chats in class."
books  reading  children  students  teaching  clayburell  comics  freedom  childhood  engagement  homework  unschooling  schooling  deschooling  bookreports 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Does Flat Fall Flat for Teens? Re-thinking Global Collaborative Learning Projects | Beyond School
"Face to face is possible across town, and less so around the globe - and face to face seems, if I get danah right, to matter more to teens. The world may indeed be flattening, but round may have its own excitement for them."
local  global  clayburell  flatworld  danahboyd  youth  teens  networking  teaching  schools  engagement  students  international  collaboration 
july 2008 by robertogreco
brokenworld » About Our Class
"This online textbook is being created by Clay Burell's grade 9 Modern World History class in Seoul, South Korea"
wiki  wikis  classideas  history  online  internet  collaboration  collaborative  education  learning  curriculum  textbooks  cocreation  clayburell 
july 2008 by robertogreco
A World History Book for All Ages and Reading Levels: Gombrich’s “A Little History of the World” | Beyond School
"Gombrich...wrote A Little History of the World for children...results are overall wonderful: the readability level, lexically & syntactically, is appropriate for eight-year-olds, but better still, so is the tone...succeeds at restoring the wonders of sto
clayburell  worldhistory  learning  bigpicture  history  world  education  books  socialstudies  classideas  civilization  ehgombrich 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Taking Back Teaching: A Forgotten History | Beyond School
"If Hartmann’s research is correct...bad smell of grading comes from rotten historical roots...invented by William Farish, lazy order to increase class size, decrease necessity for teachers to have real relationships with students & fatten

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grading  assessment  evaluation  teaching  learning  comments  schools  history  relationships  schooling  homeschool  unschooling  deschooling  tutoring  mentoring  grades  williamfarish  lifelonglearning  education  culture  clayburell 
june 2008 by robertogreco
An Enchanted Place, Part Two: In Which We Say Goodbye | Beyond School
"helped me decide to take a risk...put my money where my mouth was when I wrote back in December: I’m not sure how much longer I want to work for schools. I’d so much rather teach. So I didn’t renew my contract."
clayburell  storytelling  teaching  unschooling  comments  deschooling  education  schooling  learning  nature  children  society  gamechanging 
june 2008 by robertogreco
On the Uses and Abuses of Laptops in Education | Beyond School [lots to think about here]
it’s not enough to “give professional development workshops” to teachers about 21st century education...laptop schools that don’t truly, really, really have true, true, true “coordination” of instruction risk burning students out
1to1  laptops  schools  blogging  teaching  learning  curriculum  professionaldevelopment  training  technology  leadership  administration  management  online  internet  filmmaking  students  classideas  gamechanging  change  reform  clayburell  development  edtech  education  1:1 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Three Uses of Diigo in the History and Language Arts Classroom | Beyond School
"I’m a fairly quiet person who tends to be happy roaming solo in his own flow...Schooliness is Web 1.0 (if it’s web at all), and our students seem to prefer schooliness over anything new every bit as much as their teachers do. A word to the wise."
diigo  clayburell  teaching  learning  education  schools  online  web  annotation  bookmarks  highlighting  classes  literature  socialstudies  history 
march 2008 by robertogreco
“What is Schooliness?” - Overview and Open Thread | Beyond School
"I’ve never tried to define “schooliness,” but so many people are quoting it as “Clay’s idea,” I feel it’s time to try - and to ask for your help in the Open Thread invitation at the end of this post."
deschooling  schools  schooling  unschooling  learning  education  reform  change  curriculum  clayburell 
march 2008 by robertogreco
What is Schooliness? Maxim 1: Writing Lessons | Beyond School
"School writing: Assignments by teachers who don’t want to read them, to students who don’t want to write them; a perpetual and unnecessary misery upon which hinges the student’s future, and the teacher’s present, livelihood."
clayburell  schools  schooling  unschooling  deschooling  rules  howto  writing  teaching  learning  time  wastedtime 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Weblogg-ed » Some New Year’s Dreaming
"different model...built on really small groups of students that meet in physical space studying & learning about topics they are passionate about & who are also connected to other small groups of students with like minded passions from anywhere in world"
learning  education  schools  reform  change  alternative  networks  networking  lcproject  deschooling  unschooling  politics  willrichardson  clayburell 
december 2007 by robertogreco
On Leaving Teaching to Become a Teacher | Beyond School
"I’m not sure how much longer I want to work for schools. I’d so much rather teach."
unschooling  deschooling  homeschool  teaching  learning  education  schools  clayburell 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Blogging Parent Letter and Consent Form | Beyond School
"What I like about this approach is that parents can choose the level of privacy - name, image in photos and/or videos, comment moderation - for their “child” (we have to come up with a better word for the young adult offspring of parental units)."
parenting  schools  blogs  blogging  online  internet  technology  socialsoftware  privacy  safety  teaching  students  learning  clayburell 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Beyond School
"kicking addictions to 20th century teaching--because Gutenberg is dead. a high school English and history teacher's laboratory for web 2.0 experiments in the content area classrooms."
clayburell  blogs  collaboration  e-learning  education  english  teaching  schools  curriculum  wikis  web2.0  pedagogy  reform  change  future  internet  web  online  lcproject 
june 2007 by robertogreco

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