How Analogies and Technology Can Deepen Understanding

Adolescents constantly work to make sense of new information, often by referencing what they already know. Teachers can help by introducing analogies. Curtis Chandler shares tips and tech tools to help put analogies to work, including Metamia and Google Slides. Continue Reading


Getting Your Feet Wet with Project-based Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/PBL_getting_your_feet_wet.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download As human-beings, we tend to learn the most when we are given something to do and a problem to solve. For example, when I visit with schools, I often challenge teachers to search… Continue Reading


Orchestrating Compelling Problems for Students to Solve

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Orchestrating_Compelling_Problems_for_Students.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Young people’s brains are designed to solve problems. Once they are invested in a something challenging, they will often do whatever it takes to work out a solution. One of my own son’s,… Continue Reading


3 Tips for Creating ‘Sticky Learning’ in Schools

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/sticky_learning_curtis_chandler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download How do you get learning to stick? That is the question on the minds of a number of educators I have visited with over the past few weeks…and an emerging body of educational… Continue Reading


Beyond Menus and Ladders—Offering REAL Choice and Control to Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/beyond_menus_and_ladders.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this podcast, we finish our visit with author Alfie Kohn. Alfie insists on the need to for educators to move beyond the ‘menus and ladders’ approach in the classroom. Instead, he insists that… Continue Reading


Beyond the Digital Zombie Stereotype: Three Tips for Empowering Student Agency and Decision-Making

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/choice_control_beyond_the_digital_zombie.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy wife is a vegetable ninja. You see, over the years, she has secretly employed a handful of tricks to ensure that our four sons (and their father) develop healthy eating habits. From the… Continue Reading


Getting Students Out of Their Chairs

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/getting_students_out_of_their_chairs.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost concepts can be covered in the lecture hall, but are better experienced away from a desk. I’m not an art-therapist by any means, but it is incredible how much insight can be gained… Continue Reading


Why We Need More Problems in Education…Not Less

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/We_Need_More_Problems_in_Schools…Not_Less_PODCAST.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA couple of weeks ago, when the weather turned ridiculously cold, I was on my way home from visiting with some teachers in a nearby city when I got a little lost.  My GPS… Continue Reading


Garageband Lessons in Collaboration and Leadership

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Garageband_Lessons_in_Collaboration_and_Leadership.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis post also appeared in Education Week and was created through collaboration with Cody Loucks at Groove System Leadership and Team Development As a teenager, I was in a band. Well…technically, I was in… Continue Reading


Three Neighborhood Boys and Their Boxes

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Why_Kids_Would_Rather_Play_with_the_Box_than_the_Toy__Better_Learning_for_Schools.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download I have no doubt that many a parent has been intrigued by what I call the box phenomenon. You know what I mean–it’s when we fret about getting THE MOST educational toys and… Continue Reading