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Learning with the Read/Write Web

Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:06:04 +0000


10 Years of Blogging: Time for a Change and a Book

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:46:29 +0000

So last week it marked 10 years since my first blog post, a full decade of writing and sharing online. As I’ve said many times before, it’s been an amazing journey. I don’t think I could have imagined the many ways that blogging was going to change my life, in a learning sense, in a […]

The UnCommon Core

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:25:44 +0000

(Warning: Elitist, preachy, liberal, rantish stuff ahead.) Lately, I can’t seem to get out from under the feeling that a) this country has pretty much lost its way and that b) at the end of the day, our education system carries much of the blame. No question, my parenting lens is coloring some of this; […]

A Different Path

Tue, 24 May 2011 17:57:23 +0000

So it’s been about five years now since I wrote this to my kids: Dear Tess and Tucker, For most of your young lives, you’ve heard your mom and I occasionally talk about your futures by saying that someday you’ll travel off to college and get this thing called a degree that will show everyone […]

“There are Some People Who Don’t Wait”

Sat, 14 May 2011 16:44:33 +0000

This quote from Robert Krulwich of NPR caught my eye yesterday: But there are some people, who don’t wait. I don’t know exactly what going on inside them; but they have this… hunger. It’s almost like an ache. Something inside you says I can’t wait to be asked I just have to jump in and […]

What We’ve Always Known About Education

Tue, 03 May 2011 10:28:18 +0000

So this morning it’s David Weinberger that’s got me thinking. No doubt, David has been one of my favorite Web philosophers for a long time, someone who almost always seems to open the window just a bit more for me. Today, it’s this: …we knew all along that atoms were never up to the job. […]

Have Schools Reached Their Limits?

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:20:47 +0000

(Cross posted to Huffington Post) The last couple of days I’ve been soaking in a new white paper “Right to Learn: Identifying Precedents for Sustainable Change,” a document that I think nudges the serious conversation about real change in learning down the road a few steps if not more. The paper, written by Bruce Dixon […]

The “New” Normal

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:57:45 +0000

Tim Stahmer’s post “There’s No Normal to Return To” has me thinking this morning. He writes: At the same time we in education are also doubling down on the “back to basics” and on teaching kids how to follow someone else’s instructions. Our leaders, both political and business, want us to think that if we […]

And What Do YOU Mean by Learning?

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:04:41 +0000

So, the biggest learning news coming from the Richardson household last week has, as is more often the case than not, little to do with the classroom and everything to do with doing. Two quick stories, both involving my 13-year old daughter Tess: Story 1 Three weeks ago, Tess decided (on her own) to go […]

What We Need is a “Prep” Rally

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 19:40:08 +0000

(Cross-posted at Huffington Post) First, let me say that I’m not specifically picking on the teachers and kids at Emerson Elementary in Pennsylvania, who put together this 12-plus minute video of their Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) pep rally for the state standardized tests, and posted it to TeacherTube a couple of weeks ago. […]


Sat, 26 Mar 2011 19:24:56 +0000

From the Shameless Self-Promotion Dept. comes my TEDxNYEd Talk that I gave a few weeks ago. It was a real honor to be asked to do this talk, and I hope I did it justice. I found it incredibly difficult to say everything that I wanted to say in 15 minutes or less, and as […]