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Seven Pathways, Fourteen "Questions"
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  1. Communicate with 3 people not in this building, ask them to define "Instructional Tolerance." Share their answers.

  2. Is there a difference, in terms of comprehension, analyzing, remembering, between reading a book via alphabetical text printed on a page and reading via listening to audio? Explain your thoughts, include evidence, discuss.
    1900 French view of school in 2001

  3. True, False, or Other: Teachers should decide how and if students sit while in their classroom. Whatever your answer is, why?

  4. I understand how the scene above could easily show (a) a standards-based math lesson, (b) a standards-based English lesson, (c) a standards-based Social Studies lesson?


  5. 9th Grade English

    I could design a lesson like the one shown in the video above. Yes? No? I would love to try...

  6. I understand why Walton and Monticello have fireplaces in their libraries, let me explain...
    or
    I have no idea why any school would think a fireplace is important, let me explain...
    or
    This idea has me confused, let me tell you why...

  7. Third Grade Choice

    Let me tell you why the methods above work...
    or
    What the he** is going on there?
    or
    I don't know how to get to this place...

  8. Changing Rooms...

    I think the children in the classroom above will have an advantage in learning over children in a traditional classroom...
    or
    I would not know how to supervise a classroom like this...
    or
    I'm sure this is fine for little kids but secondary school cannot be like this...

  9. True, False, or Other: Pencils, Pens, Books, Chalkboards are not technologies, computers, mobile phones, and tablets are. Explain.

  10. If a student of yours is looking for _______, it is more likely that, if looking for it right now, she will find it (a) in print, or (b) digitally?
    - a phone number
    - Ulysses by James Joyce
    - listings of available jobs
    - how to get a passport
    - how to get to a certain address in Harrisonburg
    - the menu at a Charlottesville restaurant
    - a college application
    - the complete papers of James Madison

  11. Seven Spaces for Education

    I understand how space changes engagement and learning...
    or
    I do not understand how space changes engagement and learning...
    or
    I think I'm halfway to understanding... how do I get help?

  12. "If I lived in 1860, I would want to catch a train. If I lived in 1910, I would want to use a telephone..." What does this suggest about today? What about people who never learned to program their VCR?

    How to Dial a Telephone (1927)



  13. "Looking back a decade or so ago it was absolutely essential to have an office, or more likely, a cubicle. That’s where we had meetings, saw our coworkers, and just got work done. But today do we really need corporate offices?  New technologies allow us to “connect to work,” meaning that all we need to get work done is an internet connection.  Employees are working from co-working spots, cafes, and home offices all over the world without ever having to step foot into a corporate office.  In fact the 2013 Regus Global Economic Indicator of 26,000 business managers across 90 countries, revealed that 48% of them are now working remotely for at least half of their work-week." - Forbes Magazine.
    Considering this - what must change about classrooms? school schedules? how school work is assigned?

  14. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner first flew over two years after its "due date," and even then had huge problems (electrical fires) which needed another 9 months to fix. Had they tried to fly "on time" it is likely that the wings might have fallen off. Yet today, it is the fastest selling new aircraft introduced since the 747. But in school we often insist that work must be turned in "on time" because that is a "real world" skill...
    so...
    What does the Dreamliner experience tell us about "on time" work? Is "on time" always important in the "real world"? How important should it be in school?


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