Category Archives: Education

“Learn to change the world” OR “Learn, to change the world.”

Last spring, I completed my Master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). As the next batch of new students will be starting classes in a few weeks, I’ve been thinking back to the school’s slogan: “Learn to … Continue reading

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5×3=5+5+5

The teacher is wrong to take off points, but this is a flawed critique of Common Core. Continue reading

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The “challenge zone” and group norms

You may be familiar with the following model of task challenge and learning: Comfort Zone: Tasks are easy and comfortable and pleasant–little learning occurs. Challenge Zone: Tasks are complex enough to push the boundaries of one’s thinking and skills and maintain … Continue reading

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My Philosophy of Education

For one of my courses, students were asked to bring a quick summary of their philosophies of education. Here is (a slightly modified version of) what I wrote. I have lots of opinions about education. I think most emerge from what is … Continue reading

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The chair rotates 360 degrees!

My 88-year-old grandmother recently got a new desk chair. It is a pretty typical chair. After putting it together for her, I walked her through getting the back adjusted to the right level. We discussed how to use the lever … Continue reading

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Service and Self-Efficacy

I recently had another post published on City Year’s internal IJ Blog! You need a City Year login to be able to view the original, so the full text is included below. Sorry that there is some City Year jargon … Continue reading

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Tufts University: new “gap year” service initiative!

Tufts University is starting a new program for incoming first-year students where they can spend a year after high school doing a year of service domestically or internationally before starting their freshman year of classes the next year! http://www.tuftsdaily.com/news/tufts-officially-launches-pre-matriculation-service-program Update … Continue reading

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