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Hacking a Learning Community

Have you ever thought there was a better way? Whether that be grading, asking questions, inquiry, teaching? I want to explore these topics, and more. I also want you to join me in this exploration. Therefore, I am creating a Learning Community to address these very issues. This Learning Community will read some interesting books,… Continue Reading Hacking a Learning Community


Conference Calling

I just returned from a conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers. This year the conference was in Chicago. It certainly makes it easy when the conferences are close by, hp the train in Grand Rapids, no fuss. I try my hardest to get to at least one conference a year. I think it… Continue Reading Conference Calling

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Wicked – Not the Musical

How about centering education on a wicked problem rather than centering on a department or traditional major? Radical idea? We have discussed for quite some time now about tearing down the silos in education. Why is this such a hard thing to do? Perhaps it is because we have inherent silos with Departments and Majors.… Continue Reading Wicked – Not the Musical


Stay The Course

There is always a risk when you try something new. Humans are typically resistant to change, even when that change is for the better. I tell my students about the time I participated in a taste test at a mall years ago. It was between Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke. I am a Diet Coke… Continue Reading Stay The Course

Scouting for Boys

Experiential Scouting

Boy Scouts (now Scouts BSA) have been around since 1907 after Lt. General Robert Baden-Powell re-wrote his “Aids to Scouting” manual (originally published in 1903). In 1910 Scouting came to the United States. During the last 109 years in the United States, Scouts BSA has trained thousands of young men to take on leadership roles… Continue Reading Experiential Scouting