I recently finished reading Dan Willingham’s book, Raising Kids who Read: What Parents and Teachers can do. Of particular interest to me (Zach) was the chapter in which Willingham described the infamous “Reading Wars”. Having just facilitated design thinking around literacy at my school, during which we started a discourse (Described in this recent post) … Continue reading What constitutes “Balanced Literacy” depends on who you’re talking to.
Followers of this website will know that Education Rickshaw is a blog on teaching and living overseas. My wife Stephanie and myself, both raised attending public schools Tacoma, Washington, were teachers at a Native American school before “taking the plunge” and moving to teach at an international school in Vietnam. Since then, we’ve taught in … Continue reading Taking the Plunge: Should America’s Teachers Consider Moving to Teach Overseas?
Seasoned teachers know a lot about how to do their jobs, and can generally execute the default instruction that we're all familiar with pretty well. Practical knowledge of this kind is sometimes referred to as craft knowledge or wisdom of practice, and it forms the basis of some national teaching assessments (Leinhardt, 2007). While craft knowledge includes … Continue reading Do Teachers Need Research to Be Good Teachers?
Recently I had the opportunity to present at ETC 2019 in Bangkok with my colleague in MYP Design, Nik Madalinski. Our workshop, called Cre8 Design, was a weird one. We gave participants the chance to pick from 8 micro-presentations around current trends and topics in design technology over the course of 80 minutes (If time … Continue reading 3 Big Ways Schools Can Enable A Culture of Creativity and Design Thinking
I recently had the chance to distribute a survey to students in my design classes, one of those school-wide ones that all students have to complete on all of their teachers. I was happy with the results. It included questions such as "My teacher likes me" and "My teacher takes time to speak with me about … Continue reading How would your students grade you on Rate My Professors?
Who among my #PLN is going to EARCOS 2019? Cause I'll be there. I'm excited to announce that a new workshop that I have been cooking up with Nik Mad will make its debut at the EARCOS Teacher's Conference 2019 in Bangkok! Here is the description of our workshop: STRAND: Design Technology Title: Cre8 Design Cre8 Design is a … Continue reading EARCOS Teacher’s Conference is in Bangkok this year and I’m presenting!
Do you remember the game The Oregon Trail? Did it spark something in you that had you playing it for days on end? Something I share with a lot of nineties kids is the nostalgia for a game that made learning about a relatively brief historical phenomenon fun. On an old Macintosh computer my friends … Continue reading Was The Oregon Trail the Peak of Educational Gaming?
In 1975, a couple of phycologists confirmed an interesting hypothesis: If you send a learner underwater in a scuba suit to memorize a list of words, they will remember those words better when tested underwater than when tested on land. But if the learner learns the words on land, they will remember them better on … Continue reading Learning Lists Underwater: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Design
24 credits under my belt. 68 to go. There's still a lot more to go to complete my PhD in Education. I knew getting a PhD was going to be hard. But, honestly, I thought it was going to be Master's hard. I didn't expect or realize how difficult it would be to teach 9 … Continue reading How Hard is it to Earn a PhD While Teaching?
Like a surprising amount of educators, I found my start as a cabin leader at an overnight summer camp. My summers were filled with camp chants, capture the flag, and the occasional sunburnt nose. Although the days were often long and sweaty, and the nights sometimes cut short by unruly campers and hungry mosquitos, I … Continue reading Why Schools Should Be a Bit More Like Summer Camp