• Failure + Learning = A+

    Photo from: http://eatingacademy.com/ There is a saying amongst the Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers: “If a test works you get an A, if it fails and you learn, you get an A+” Do we teach students that failure + learning equals an A+, or do they stop at failure?

  • NASA Embodies the 4Cs

    I mentioned in my last post that I am at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena today as a kick off #NASASocial event for the Orion launch. The Orion launch marks the start of our journey to Mars; the next step for humans to explore the solar system. I…

  • Inside a Student's Mind: Google Docs Isn't Enough. Let Students Help You Learn

    On Saturday, my daughter and I will be featured speakers at the San Diego Computer Using Educator’s Tech Fair. I’ll write an in-depth discussion of our presentation afterwards, but for now, I am posting the link to our presentation for those who would like a copy. http://app.emaze.com/962692/cue?utm_source=systememail&utm_campaign=sharepresentationnonuser&utm_medium=view-link#1 (Sorry – working…

  • #NoHW

    I was lucky to catch the #SSDChat tonight, which was all about homework.  I will admit – I don’t find much use for homework at all. I find it only serves to reinforce the good, and further alienate the struggling.  I bring this up here because I am worried that…

  • Stop Drinking From a Firehose

    So I’m sitting in a District Leadership professional development session and the presenter asks the audience to share with each other what his/her district is doing to inspire teachers to embrace and integrate the Common Core State Standards in their teaching. Each district administrator shares a common theme: Professional development,…