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The Three Column Schools:

Building a Joyful Learning Community

November 23rd, 2011

Justin M. Schwamm, Jr., NBCT

When you think of a typical school -- or even a “very good” school -- what are some images that come to mind? Most of us probably envision rows of “student desks” in a classroom, students armed with paper and pencil and notebooks, the teacher “giving notes” and students “taking notes” about some academic topic. What’s the purpose of it all? To transmit knowledge, as efficiently as possible, from the brain of the expert (teacher or curriculum developer) to the brain of the student. Read More...

On Vision and Change

November 1st, 2011

Lisa Cooley

My mind halted when I heard it: just a quote from a character in a book, a man describing John Lennon to his young daughter, thirty years after Lennon's death. He was describing what Lennon was saying in his song, "Imagine." Read More...

Educating Children Should be like Building a Table

August 3rd, 2011

Jaime R. Wood

I want to build a table, but I don’t know how. I have the supplies—wood from a hundred-year-old house, tools that I’ve been collecting for a while—but the steps to take elude me. I’ve started the project already. The first step was easy enough. Read More...