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In a Moodle

Do You All Know Anything About Moodle,  or other forms of online course management? I read a short article about it in "eschoolnews" which included this paragraph: "Moodle enables teachers to develop online curricula and lesson plans, administer assignments and quizzes, and participate in professional development activities from home. It also allows students to engage [...]

The Knee Bone Is Connected to Thigh Bone

Context, Context, Context Some years ago I had lunch with a neighbor who is a fellow historian. We had a wonderful time, but as I went home, I felt sad. I realized that we were speaking a specialized language of references and cross-references that we loved speaking, but which most people could not follow. To [...]

Smart Kids

Another Day, Another Reminder of How Bright Kids Are I was in Orange, CT yesterday speaking at a middle school. The 8th graders had been studying exploration, so I was talking about The World Made New. One point we make in that book is no one knows how many people lived in the Americas in [...]

Smart Kids

Another Day, Another Reminder of How Bright Kids Are I was in Orange, CT yesterday speaking at a middle school. The 8th graders had been studying exploration, so I was talking about The World Made New. One point we make in that book is no one knows how many people lived in the Americas in [...]

Mary Beginnings and Rain

Latest from Mary on her Kenya Work in Progress: I began this yesterday and this morning was delighted to see Marc’s “In the Beginning” post. These days I am re-reading, or studying the form actually, of NF books that will give me ideas for organizing this mass (mess?) and telling Jackson’s story, which is representative [...]

Mary Beginnings and Rain

Latest from Mary on her Kenya Work in Progress: I began this yesterday and this morning was delighted to see Marc’s “In the Beginning” post. These days I am re-reading, or studying the form actually, of NF books that will give me ideas for organizing this mass (mess?) and telling Jackson’s story, which is representative [...]

In the Beginning

What Is the Best Way to Organize Non-fiction? Lori’s post led me to think about the deadly way we tell young people to write in their non-fiction. The most standard way to organize a paper is in terms of chronology X happened first, then Y, then Z. That is a list, which we hope becomes [...]

In the Beginning

What Is the Best Way to Organize Non-fiction? Lori’s post led me to think about the deadly way we tell young people to write in their non-fiction. The most standard way to organize a paper is in terms of chronology X happened first, then Y, then Z. That is a list, which we hope becomes [...]

Risks

I got two Google Alerts this morning, one from Read Roger, http://www.hbook.com/blog/ and one from INK, http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/2008/03/nonfiction-story.html The two posts are both about nonfiction, and both mention conversations with me, and they point in two almost diametically opposed directions. Roger Sutton in his best Roger voice, is cooing about a book of Transit Maps. And boy [...]

Risks

I got two Google Alerts this morning, one from Read Roger, http://www.hbook.com/blog/ and one from INK, http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/2008/03/nonfiction-story.html The two posts are both about nonfiction, and both mention conversations with me, and they point in two almost diametically opposed directions. Roger Sutton in his best Roger voice, is cooing about a book of Transit Maps. And boy [...]