SOLC: Closing Chapter in fast forward

I started packing this week. I also started the perpetual garage sale (all free) on the three tables to the left of our learning space. Ugly silver fabric covering the tan bulletin board came down. Quotes collected for student inspiration when I could not offer any slowly came down off the walls. Thinkers like Maya, Read More …

Off the Grid: to do list

At the beginning of a new year there is reflection, there are promises made, and, if you are like my kids, there is doom. Doom looms because in eighteen hours they will board the bus for school. Although there is a part of them craving the routine, the friends, the popcorn chicken on Thursdays, the other Read More …

Mischief managed

    The Marauder’s map, passed to Harry from the Weasley Twins, allows the holder access to the location of anyone in Hogwarts. Marauders are rascals, adventurers, and often mistrusted. However, it is these rascals that blow up Umbridge’s self-righteous, power-hungry reign. Marauders who, for the sheer curiosity of it all, discover or even stumble Read More …

Experiences back in a Box

The fact that we have real problems to solve still does not tip the majority of teachers to produce learning that matters for students. However, Dr. Jeff Wilson, Environmental Science Professor and Dean at Huston Tillotson University, has created the Dumpster Project, a comparative study of human consumption of space. It is intriguing, in its infancy, Read More …

Coloring Beyond the Lines

Often, we do inventories and think about them within the context of the experience of taking the test. We talk about it, say it is “spot on” and then the in-service or lesson is over and the information is left on the paper, forgotten in the back of the folder, recessed until reassessed. However, the Read More …