As the principal of TLC Middle School, I aim to exemplify the sort of learning that students will do at TLC. This blog serves as a record of “What I Learned Today.” Students at TLC will keep similar records of their learning.
After nearly three years of writing and reflecting in this space — I’ve written more than 150 posts — I have learned a great deal and have connected with many educators from around the world. This map (available live on the right margin of this blog) shows the location of the more than 20,000 people who have viewed my blog:
Some blog posts are better than others, and rather than have prospective families read through my blog entries chronologically, I’m providing links to five of my “greatest hits” from my past few months of blogging.
These posts should give potential families a sense of the sort of exciting multi-disciplinary learning that will happen on a regular basis at TLC Middle School. Learning about the world can (and should) be fun and engaging and also academically vigorous.
March Madness Math — about the odds of picking a perfect NCAA bracket
Bringing a book to life — about the science of moving water using canals and locks
Multi-disciplinary news — a look at how an NPR article about grapes leads to an exploration of biology, history, and the ethics of GMO food
Will Ken be elected to Kenya’s Parliament? — an introduction to my good friend, the Honorable Ken Okoth, who was in fact elected to Parliament in Kenya this March.
Ken has agreed to video-conference with students at TLC at least eight times over the 2013-14 school year. Learning about Kenya from Ken is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and this post serves as a good introduction both to Ken and to the area of Kenya where he grew up, the slum of Kibera.
Let the students own the learning — this post explores what happens when teachers have the courage to trust their students; it’s also a nice look at how connected educators can learn from one another, since this post connected me to a teacher from a tiny town in Iowa.