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First-ish Principal Observations About Education

March 23, 2016


I’ve recently started putting together presentations about the educational research and work I’ve been doing toward The Puzzle School over the last few years. During that time I’ve been able to explore a large number of diverse educational environments. From that exploration I’ve made some observations that are as close to “first principles” as I […]

Why The Puzzle School?

August 7, 2015


I recently received some feedback that The Puzzle School was not a good name. I detailed that feedback here: Frivolous and Ambitious – Is The Puzzle School Name Worth It? I wanted to write out my thoughts on why I like the name. At its core The Puzzle School is about enjoying the process. The […]

Frivolous and Ambitious – Is The Puzzle School Name Worth It?

August 5, 2015


“I don’t want my kid going to school to do puzzles all day, there is more to life than just puzzles.” “Are they just playing with toys all day?” These are some of the concerns I imagine people expressing when they hear the name, The Puzzle School. Even if someone did understand how puzzles reflect […]

Making The Puzzle School A Reality

June 1, 2015


As of Friday I’ve left Pivotal Labs and am back on the path toward making The Puzzle School a reality. Before I get in to the details about The Puzzle School and how my thinking on it has evolved, I want to mention a project I’m working on now that is related tangentially. It’s called […]

The Curse Of The Expert

September 16, 2013


I’ve recently completed a very beta version of Circuitous and added it to the front page of The Puzzle School. It only has a few levels so far, but I’ll be adding more as soon as I can. As I go through the process of creating new levels, though, I’m reminded of just how difficult […]

Six Ways To Motivate Student Learning

September 5, 2013


Just stumbled across a blog post from Annie Murphy Paul that almost directly mirrors the motivational theories I’m working on with The Puzzle School: Six Ways To Motivate Student Learning My only issue with the article is in #3: 3.   Encourage students to beat their personal best. Some learning tasks, like memorizing the multiplication table […]

Making Learning ‘Unhatable’

January 23, 2013


I was having a twitter debate the other day with a teacher about homework. I feel very strongly that we need to create an educational system that does not need to require homework to reach the necessary learning goals. For me, though, this goes beyond homework. When it comes to my daughter I feel very […]