At the beginning of the year, I discovered that a local design firm in my neighborhood was opening an incubator/maker/presentation/learning space in a turn of the 20th-century woollen mill. Dubbed Flux, the space was exactly what I have been trying to create in my own school, only about 7 times bigger! So I had toContinue reading “Learning in Flux: The Joy of Purpose-Based Education”
Here’s a website that chronicles the best design competitions for high school students of the past year. I know you have your projects at present, but many of you could do more or will be ending your projects soon. Get on these!
When I was barely in 9th grade, I first encountered the music of Talking Heads. It was the summer of 1983, and Speaking in Tounges was on heavy rotation on my Sony Walkman as I sat on a rusting, red Wheel Horse tractor cutting acres of grass for my house and my neighbor’s. Hours of idle passesContinue reading “Innovation: “This Must Be the Place””
Museums come in all shapes and sizes. This one, which I found through @tombarrett ‘s “dialogical learning” e-mails, offers a look at Empathy, and it does so in a rather ingenious way. We talk so much about empathy as the key to design thinking, but the concept is far deeper than the utilitarian implications spurredContinue reading “Empathy: The Museum”
This past week I’ve asked the students in inNOVAtion Lab to reflect on their journey so far (1st Marking Period). And because this is a course wherein we, the students and I, are writing the story together, I, too, have to write about this first marking period. In doing so, I’m bound to come clean. Continue reading “The Opening Act”