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Blind Men, Elephants, and Cognitive Tools

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

When my children were younger, their bedtime routine invariably included a nightly story or two, and one of their favorites was the well-worn tale of the blind men and the elephant. As the Hindu fable goes, a group of blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like.  Each touches a different part, [...]

Jettison the Jargon: Buzzwords 2.0

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

A few weeks ago, while working on our academic technology plan, I came across the Educational Jargon Generator. This delightful little tool, adapted from Dack.com’s Web Economy BS Generator, “was designed to assist in the writing of reports, grant applications, and other documents related to public schools.”  Although I work in an independent school, I [...]

Education’s Power Distance Index

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I’m not one for life-changing resolutions, but I have made a concerted effort to read more books this year.  My latest endeavor, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success, is an engaging and informative piece that should appeal to students and teachers alike.  Although Gladwell covers familiar ground in addressing the point at which children [...]