How Concept Maps Help Deepen Student Learning

I find myself doing what many educators do—trying to design learning activities that help me (and my students) to get a clearer picture of their own understanding and misunderstanding. That‘s why I often ask students to engage in concept mapping… 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


Three Types of Questions for Fostering Higher-level Thinking

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/podcast_higher_level_questioning_curtis_chandler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHuman beings seemed to be innately adept at asking questions. Over the past few weeks here are just a few interesting things that I have heard come out of students’ mouths.   -Why we… 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


What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Student Motivation and Engagement

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/motivation_engagement_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs human beings, most of us tend to avoid things that are difficult. For example, I was recently visiting a school where kids were running the mile as part of their physical education class.… Continue Reading


Improving Teacher Feedback To Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Improving_Teacher_Feedback_to_Students.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNot too long ago I was at school, and came around the corner to find several students crowded around one kid’s cell phone screen.  They were laughing…so naturally…I assumed the worst—that they were sharing… Continue Reading


Hunting and Gathering—Getting the Right Books in the Hands of Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Hunting_and_Gathering…Getting_the_Best_Books_in_the_Hands_of_Students.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Sadly, when I was an elementary and secondary student, it often seemed that the text we read in class was mandated to us because either (1) it was one of my teacher’s favorites… Continue Reading


Big-Time Learning in Small-Time Towns

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Curtis_Chandler_Big_Time_Thoughts_From_Small_Time_Towns_Podcast_Episode_005.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI recently visited a classroom where a teacher was working with students to examine changes that are underway in ‘how’ and ‘from whom’ that we learn.  This educator insisted that students must work to… Continue Reading