July 30, 2016


This is part of an ongoing exploratory series on Educational Ideas I have to start by giving credit to Pivotal Labs for this technique. They use it with great success on every project. I’m sure many other companies use similar techniques as well. I’d guess there are many ways you could approach this problem, but […]

Educational Ideas

July 29, 2016


I’ve spent the last year exploring the possibility of starting The Puzzle School  in Cambridge, MA. I knew it was a long-shot and the last year has proven that it will be. Cambridge is a good school district and not necessarily in need of new ideas. I’m an outsider with little experience teaching. I can […]

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 […]

What Do I Want For My Kids

December 30, 2015


I’ve been working on educational ideas and trying to start The Puzzle School for years now and in all of my efforts I sometimes lose track of the forest through the trees. It’s easy to think about designing a school abstractly, from the perspective of society, and lose sight of the idea that it is […]

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The Opportunity Cost of Coercion

December 5, 2015


This is part of an ongoing exploratory series on Educational Ideas It is very difficult to do good work if you don’t care about the work. It is very likely that your best work will only come if you deeply care about the work. There may be some exceptions. You may get lucky and produce […]

The Power of Contradictions in Education

December 2, 2015


I’ve been thinking a lot about what people really want in education. If you talk to enough people you start running in to contradictions, or at least what seem like contradictions: I want a school that is open to new ideas and tries new things based on the latest research. I’m so frustrated by our […]

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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 […]

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