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Learning Through Patterns

January 31, 2012

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I just stumbled across this article in the NYT: Brain Calisthenics for Abstract Ideas The basic idea is that people are very good at recognizing patterns. If you show someone an equation and a few graphs and have them guess at which graph represents the equation then they won’t likely be able to accurately identify […]

I Just Had A Fight With My Wife

January 27, 2012

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It was a complicated matter, but one that is becoming so important to me that I feel inclined to try and describe it here. Basically it boiled down to the role we have as parents. Whether a child has the ability to make good decisions. Faced with a cookie, does a child have the ability […]

My Goals For A School

January 22, 2012

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As I think about starting a school as well as sending my daughter to school, I have a dream of a great school. It looks like this: Learning needs to be as enjoyable and exciting as possible. You need to start with the love. You need to inspire a passion for a subject, motivating students […]

The Mythical Man Month of Education

January 20, 2012

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In software there is a term, “the mythical man month”. It refers to the idea that, in order to speed up a project, you can simply throw more man months at it. You can have people work longer hours or add additional team members to the project. The reason it’s called “mythical” is because it […]

My Issue With Traditional Education

January 19, 2012

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“Will my daughter come out of this school with a love of learning?” That’s my primary concern when it comes to my daughter’s education. I have other concerns, but that’s the most important one. I personally believe that people want to learn. They want to become more knowledgeable, more skilled, more creative, etc. I know […]

The Power of Autonomy

January 18, 2012

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From everything I’ve experienced, research I’ve read, etc. autonomy is a really important part of motivation. Basically you’re much more likely to do something well when you want to do it vs. being told to do it. (if you’re interested in more thoughts on motivation and autonomy then this is a fun video to watch: […]

Looking For Help With Physics-Based Learn-To-Program Website

January 17, 2012

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Peanutty! is designed to teach people to program by having them solve and build physics based puzzles. I’m guessing that building a physics based puzzle would be a lot of fun for students of some age, but I’m not sure exactly what age group would embrace it the most. I’m also not sure how challenging […]