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Notebook: An Argument

May 7, 2014


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 […]

More Curated Excerpts from Earl C. Kelley

April 6, 2014


  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


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


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


 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


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 […]

The Limits of Thought

April 11, 2013


Like all teachers, I busy myself with the questions specific to my discipline. In my case, these are questions like “Should my students have a regular broadcast show, or should they move their work exclusively online?” or “What are the limits of ‘news’ or ‘journalism’ as a cognitive frame for approaching and discussing the world […]