Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Do you sometimes (accidentally) sabotage learning?

In my first years as a teacher, I spent hours and hours preparing for each lesson plan...and we should make sure they are very carefully thought out! But I've changed the questions that I ask myself when planning. I used to think... What information or skills do I need to convey to the students? What… Continue reading Do you sometimes (accidentally) sabotage learning?

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

What is the purpose of academic subjects?

  "The best way to understand circles is to reinvent the wheel."   Nicholas Negroponte, Founder MIT Media Lab   My thinking about the purpose of academic subjects has evolved quite a bit over the last decade. Even the use of the word "disciplines" instead of "subjects" demonstrates how my thinking has changed. What I used… Continue reading What is the purpose of academic subjects?