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How Can We Make Student Work Meaningful?

October 14, 2010
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How Can We Make Student Work Meaningful?

How much of our students’ days are filled with abstract concepts?  How often do kids actually get to work with their hands? This article in the New York Times caught my eye after a day of teaching intangible, purely conceptual material.  What did my students actually apply that day?  In Dan Pink’s words, what meaning…

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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

September 13, 2010
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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

Remember “Everything I Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten”? Well imagine that concept with the technology of today. That is what Professor Mitch Resnick discusses in this hour-long video about technology and learning.  Learn like a kindergartner. Don’t you remember those times?  When you wanted to go to school?  Things were new and fun. …

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6 Word Stories: A Template for Videos

April 22, 2010
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6 Word Stories: A Template for Videos

I recently created a 6 Word Stories Video Template for using six word stories as video summaries.  It really does make for a quick and easy upgrade for watching videos.

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Pay for Grades: Should Parents Bribe Kids in School? – TIME

April 15, 2010
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Pay for Grades: Should Parents Bribe Kids in School? – TIME

This article is an interesting read, and a great example of the motivation science highlighted in Dan Pink’s book Drive. In a number of experiments aimed at getting kids to do better in school, students were paid for certain outcomes.  Some students were paid for attendance, grades, and even test scores.  But the results were…

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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

March 31, 2010
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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

It looks like this Chicago school is going to implement quite a few of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes, even though they did not call them by name. The article highlights a school that is implementing a new curriculum supported by Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  They will move to a collaborative, inquiry-based learning model with…

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Land O’Lakes students prepare sign language videos for the deaf – St. Petersburg Times

March 29, 2010
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Land O’Lakes students prepare sign language videos for the deaf – St. Petersburg Times

This article from the St. Petersburg times really highlights Dan Pink’s meaning and purpose. Students take the sign language that they learn in the classroom and create videos for deaf patrons of theme parks. So not only are students motivated by having a purpose in their studies, but they are also developing the right brain…

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Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match | Asia Society

March 22, 2010
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Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match | Asia Society

What an interesting application of Dan Pink’s ideas from A Whole New Mind. Chris Livaccari outlines how to apply Dan Pink’s ideas in a Chinese language classroom. Although I have always held the flexibility of Dan Pink’s ideas in the highest regard, I never could have imagined applying them in a Chinese language class.

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Aurora Sentinel: Aurora school district eyes new diploma for student with college credits

March 9, 2010
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Aurora Sentinel: Aurora school district eyes new diploma for student with college credits

As I spend half of my day at a high school technical center, I am always looking for examples of using focused learning to enhance Meaning in a student’s education. As I have mentioned before, one way I like to think of Dan Pink’s Meaning aptitude from A Whole New Mind is how I can…

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9th graders ask themselves: “What’s my sentence?” | Daniel Pink

March 5, 2010
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9th graders ask themselves: “What’s my sentence?” | Daniel Pink

I always like to check up on Dan Pink’s blog, and I encourage you to do so as often as you can. I really liked this activity, so I thought I would pass it along. In his newest book Drive, Dan Pink outlines an activity where you create one sentence to describe yourself.  This example…

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Math for Primates Podcast

March 1, 2010
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Math for Primates Podcast

This is a pretty cool blog and podcast series.  If you want your kids to find the relevance of math, there are some great ideas here. If you look through the examples that he provides on the site, you can get some practical upgrades for your math lesson plans.  I’ve always thought that in math,…

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