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A Grand Sleight of Hand: The Illusion of the “Digital”

You know how a flip book creates the illusion of motion? That’s kind of what the entire Digital Age is…

Teaching Poetry in the Instagram Era

You’ve likely seen poet Rupi Kaur’s bestseller Milk & Honey on the shelf. What it means for teaching poetry to…

Can’t Bot Me Love. Or Learning.

Data-loving education reformers, take note. The London Underground pulled this advertisement in which eHarmony claimed its algorithms helped people find…

Alexa, Can You Make Me a Better Teacher?

Using technology to improve teaching is nothing new. But the success of artificially intelligent voice-activated devices like the Amazon Echo and…

♡ for Teachers

Love for teachers takes many forms, including the kind of fast-paced, twisted, and misogynistic kind of love doled out by…

Poet Malachi Byrd on “Intelligence”

The young poet laces together elements of school, identity, success, and art all in under four minutes.  The poem stands…

WTF? Croissants Will Not Give NYC Students “Energy”

I was astonished to see this advertisement in the subway the other day.  While riding the 2 train to a…

Harry Potter’s Battle for Real-World Learning

You know Harry Potter.  But did you know the young wizard was a champion of constructivist pedagogy?  Based on this…

To Teach or Not To Teach like a Dead Poet?

I love this clip from Dead Poets Society for many reasons.  First, it cuts the the essence of pedagogy: does…

What We Can Learn About Teaching from Dangerous Minds

How real are portrayals of teachers in film?  In this clip from Dangerous Minds, we see a white female teacher…

Louis CK on Standardized Tests, Burning Schools Down

So not funny that it’s funny.  The Manhattan father of public school children and comedian delivers his criticism of high…

George Carlin on Educational Woes

George Carlin had a way of making audiences laugh, think, and sigh all at once.  In this bit, the comedian takes…

Stephen King Breaks Down Childhood, Not as Horrifying as You’d Think

It’s one thing to step back and listen to a researcher talk about the uniqueness of the adolescent brain.  It’s…

If School Music Instruments Can Play Metallica, There’s Hope for Public Education

You might not think much of classroom music instruments, but give them to the Roots and Metallica and watch what…

Let Sam Seaborn Remind Us All What Education is Worth

I once remarked to a friend that we might do well to require students to watch the entirety of West…

And this is How to Teach Writing in Science Class

I used to do a project with my 9th grade English students where they’d rap literary critiques of Chaucer’s Canterbury…
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