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Notebook: An Argument

May 7, 2014

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So here’s something. I’m working on something tentatively called “The Notebook Project,” which will be an investigation into notebooks, sketchbooks, daybooks, lab logs, journals–any sort of process thing–and their role in learning and cognitive development. Here’s a video I made about it. Notebook: An Argument from Charlie Huette on Vimeo. I realize that when I […]

The Incoherence of the School Dance

April 13, 2014

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It’s prom season again. Hooray, right? I realize that prom is a near-sacred event in many high schools (including the one where I teach), but I’d like to suggest that we all rethink the whole thing. Not because it’s expensive or risky, but because it’s nonsensical, and schools should be nonsense averse. There are many […]

More Curated Excerpts from Earl C. Kelley

April 6, 2014

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  This time of year, as we’ve got much more behind us than ahead of us, my mind begins to straddle the adjacent school years. And this is typically when I try to reconnect with ideas that are foundational to my development as a teacher. I begin to ask, What am I doing? So it […]

One Great Truth

November 2, 2013

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The first three paragraphs of an essay called “Education Without Instruction” by Jacques Barzun, from his book The House of Intellect (1959): Clearly, the blame for much that is lacking or painful in our manners can be laid upon our education, individual and collective. The same cause will also explain what is wrong with our […]

On the Thermostatic Function of Schools

August 8, 2013

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As I mentioned in a previous post, this time of year, I like to browse back through books that were important to me as I formed my earliest approach to teaching. My approach is always changing, but I’d say I’m generally facing the same direction. The works that resonated with me as a very young […]

On Error

August 4, 2013

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 Years ago, I picked up James Moffett’s Teaching the Universe of Discourse (1968), and it changed the way I taught writing–and, well, pretty much everything. Here, in a favorite passage of mine, Moffett discusses the importance of trial-and-error learning. Now, trial and error sounds to many people like a haphazard, time-consuming business, a random behavior […]

On Seeing and Thinking

April 20, 2013

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What does it mean to see? To think? To what extent can we talk about seeing as a variety of thinking?* And, from that, if our schools aim to help students develop and improve their thinking about the world (is this how we define intelligence?), shouldn’t our schools aim to help students improve all kinds […]