A Quote and a Note: Two Lessons I Learned from Teaching

Wherever I go, I keep with me two pieces of paper. A quote clipped from the calendar of my first year of teaching, and a note from a student's mother. The quote, by Wendell Berry, says, "A teacher's major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student's grandchild."The note expresses a mother's …

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From Systems to Structures Part 2: Four Models for Learning

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com In From Systems to Structures Part 1, I discussed the importance for a new guiding metaphor in the world of education. We call education a system that requires reform. Instead, we can transform education when we build a structure. To build a solid Education Structure we need a blueprint, a model from which to start. …

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From Systems to Structures Part 1: A New Metaphor for Education

The Education System. Many people today discuss our education system, how it is failing, and what to do to fix it. But the simple fact that we use the word "system" implies a metaphor that may be contributing to education's failure and the ineffectiveness of reform strategies. Metaphors unconsciously guide our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Metaphorical …

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