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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

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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

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‘Moving’ Towards Better Learning for Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/moving_to_learn_Curtis_chandler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy wife and I have four boys—four squirrely boys. They aren’t what we would consider belligerent or even really disruptive. But each parent teacher-conference we have ever had goes about the same. We come… Continue Reading

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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

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A ‘Customized’ Approach to Student Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/personalized_learning_betterlearningforschools_podcast_001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs teachers, we must seek to move beyond traditional, prescriptive classrooms and instead, utilize tools and techniques that meet students where they are at right now—tools and techniques that make learning accessible, meaningful, and… Continue Reading

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The Use of Game Dynamics to Enhance Curriculum and Instruction: What Teachers Can Learn from the Design of Video Games

Sorry, folks.  This piece is a bit more academic, quite a bit longer, but still useful.  You see, video games have received an increased amount of recent attention from educational institutions due to their widespread use and their ability to… Continue Reading

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Mining, Modeling, and Other Sandbox Activities to Foster Student Creativity

Here is the link to the my latest article as it appeared in Ed Week this week.  Below is the text of the article itself.   Last month, I was a bit disturbed when I overheard a few students bragging… Continue Reading