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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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We have a onetime opportunity to remake education; not just to modify aspects of what we already do, but to start at zero and imagine a system that supports humankind – from the report Last June, the Augmented Society Network... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2021 at PILOTed
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Covid didn’t change directions and it isn’t just a temporary disruption; it just sped up things that were going to happen anyway – Arthur Levine president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation First, we cannot unsee issues that became... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at PILOTed
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I was lucky to virtually meet David Lundie during an online event sponsored by the RSA. David recently completed a study on 700 teachers’ responses to the pandemic. The research was conducted in the UK (for you Americans, that means... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at PILOTed
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I was in a very spirited discussion this week about changes that cities and society are undergoing or will need to undergo. Almost half of all adults today do some freelancing or work for themselves at least some of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at PILOTed
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Are you ready for a successful year? The test of a sailor is not when seas are calm and the wind is steady. We are not in a fairy tale, no superhero is going to make everything turn out all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at PILOTed
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Focus The purpose of education should be to give all children a leg up, to help them prepare to be adults who can contribute to their families and communities and to live fulfilling lives. I hope that the new Department... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at PILOTed
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This is a guest post by Lisa Parisi, and was originally published on her blog Lisa's Lingo. On October 25, Lisa is going to be leading an online discussion How I Spent 35 Years Teaching Children to Respect Each Other... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at PILOTed
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I was having an interesting discussion with some Scottish educators during the Creative Bravery festival about different ways to teach. One of the topics resulted in the recent post Should We Let Pedagogy Die?. The other topic has taken a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at PILOTed
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Pedagogy is the way we teach kids. Pedagogy focuses on the methods that bring content to students effectively so that they learn it. In 1980 Malcolm Knowles acknowledged that pedagogy was not enough when we wanted adults to learn: Adults... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at PILOTed
As a society, we’ve developed a collective vision about college: College is the gateway to a good life and a good career; every person should have the opportunity to go to college; it’s not just about preparing people for jobs,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at PILOTed
We are all concerned about both the effects of distancing during the Covid threat and the effects of keeping society, the economy, and schools closed. We’re in new territory. No one knows the answers, and we are all justifiably concerned... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at PILOTed
In their essay Instructional Strategies for the Future, Brenda Bannan, Nada Dabbagh, J. J. Walcutt describe the limits of traditional instructional methods, and then present instructional requirements, instructional techniques, and strategies for meaningful learning that we should be using today... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at PILOTed
Former FBI Agent Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty on Friday to making a false statement, essentially admitting that he altered an email used to request permission to wiretap Carter Page to say that Page was “not a source” for the CIA.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at PILOTed
You may think that with all you’ve learned about racism over the last few months, you’ve got it, you understand it. You already know how Blacks were dragged over from Africa, how they were made slaves in what became the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2020 at PILOTed
These are points made by Ashish Jha, Professor of Global Health at Harvard in a webinar moderated by Bridget Long, Dean of Faculty at Harvard GSE. These are complex decisions. It’s not a simplistic question and answer. We have to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at PILOTed
There are certainly a lot of things to be angry about right now. Covid-19. The response to Covid-19. People not wearing masks, or people wearing masks. Racism and bigotry. Policy brutality. Lawlessness. China. Russia. Trump. Biden. Republicans. Democrats. Media and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at PILOTed
Going into the Covid-19 shutdown, US schools probably couldn’t have been more unprepared to deliver online, remote, or blended instruction. Look at what we did. Teachers taught through “classroom management” and assessed through tests that are easy to grade but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at PILOTed
Maybe it’s time to also talk about gender discrimination. In the age of Covid, where the home spheres and work spheres have become comingled, how are households coping? Who is taking care of the children when they are not able... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at PILOTed
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Here in the US, schools were closed for the better part of two months, and fewer than 30% of students actually kept up with schoolwork. Finland closed from March 18 to May 13, and then re-opened elementary and middle schools... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at PILOTed
This year's CoSN Annual Conference was online last week. Aaron Spence, Superintendent of Virginia Beach and the CoSN and AASA Empowered Superintendent of the Year gave an incredible presentation. His conclusions after so many years in the field are that... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at PILOTed
How do we give every student dignity when we conduct live online classes with them? Each time we videoconference with a student we are inviting ourselves into their homes. What are our reactions and how do we think students and... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at PILOTed
These are ideas curated from a survey and interviews with educators and administrators about what are the likely ramifications of the Coronavirus shutdown on education starting in the 2020-21 school year. First let’s go through some of the obstacles schools... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at PILOTed
It’s April, 2020. How are you feeling about education right now? Stressed? How are you preparing for next school year? It might be hard to plan for next August and September when you are trying to take care of your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at PILOTed
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In an unprecedented transformation, almost 2/3 of all school children are home instead of in school, many for more than a month. In most cases, teachers will continue teaching, using online tools. Expect a disaster. Many students are going to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at PILOTed
If every time you disagree with someone or offer someone criticism, they take it and change, you don’t need to read the rest of this blog post. Thomas S. Critchfield offers ten rules for changing others’ behavior and getting better... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at PILOTed