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Moving Schools Beyond Binary Choices

Some tweets reveal; and one that caught my eye recently stated, “ We have to deprogram teachers from their own K-12 experience… to create student-centered classrooms.” That tweet was right on target, but another tweet needed to follow that parents also need to be deprogrammed from their own K-12 experience in order to create schools that are more flexible and eliminate time as a barrier for both students who can accelerate and students who can be successful if given more time.   However, even with technology that allows us to break the 20th century modes of delivering teaching and learning, students seem to still experience a ‘one size fits all’ environment for the most part. In many cases, technology is simply used to fit into old systems of “school” that has everyone start and end at the same time of day for 180 days each year for 13 years.

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Teaching - Gary Tirone

A Few 21st Century School Transformation Questions

In a 21st Century world, teachers, students and families are considering increasing numbers of choices for what we call “school.” Whether it’s the traditional school that most of us grew up with; or perhaps one offering extended blended opportunities using technology; or the array of choices ranging from private and public charters to home school to fully virtual schools. As technology becomes a larger part of the teaching and learning equation, one set of central questions concerning relationship seem to emerge consistently from parents and adults who determine school funding across sectors. Those questions include:

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Ecotones, Disintermediation, & and Educational Crossroads

An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes. It is where two communities meet and integrate.It may be narrow or wide, and it may be local (the zone between a field and forest) or regional (the transition between forest and grassland ecosystems). An ecotone may appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities across a broad area, or it may manifest itself as a sharp boundary line.

The word ecotone was coined from a combination of eco(logy) plus -tone, from the Greek tonos or tension – in other words, a place where ecologies are in tension.
From Wikipedia     9/29/16

One of my favorite observations while a Teacher in Residence at the University of New Hampshire was…

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