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David Ng
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Driving Learning in The Résumé Project
In my second year of teaching, I was assigned to the eighth-grade inclusion team. One of the team teachers on the inclusion team was a special educator, and 40% of the students were on individualized education programs (IEPs). Although I was meant to be the...

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Characterizing Mental Models
Mental models are the internal theories that we use to make sense of the world and understand our experiences. We construct mental models intuitively, without realizing that we’re even doing it. When I take two steaks out of the freezer and place them in th...

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Fragmented Mental Models
When we learn, we construct our own understanding using mental models. Even if that understanding is triggered by attending a lecture or reading a textbook, sense-making is always an active process. Active readers do more than read words on a page; they thi...

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Why We Should Learn Vertically
Mental Models We make sense of the world by actively constructing internal theories, or mental models, to explain our experiences. The richer and more sophisticated our mental models, the more we understand and the more effectively we can navigate our lives...

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Materials and Cognitive Models: Integers
In 2000, I was developing a curriculum unit on integers while election officials were busy counting hanging chads in Florida. As counties reported updated tallies, and George Bush and Al Gore gained and lost votes, I realized that the nation was witnessing ...

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Mindstorms
Seymour Papert is an MIT professor of applied math and education who worked with Jean Piaget and co-invented the Logo Programming Language. In 1980, he published Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas , a book that profoundly influences thinkin...

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Showing Up
Working with my coach Sarah for the past few years, there’s been one practice that I’ve been using consistently: showing up. The practice of showing up has different meanings for me in different contexts. The most basic meaning is, literally, showing up. Yo...

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Vertical Learning and Constraints
[This post is part of a series: Piaget, Dewey, and Vertical Learning .] To learn vertically, we need to be in a state of constant cognitive dissonance. To tolerate a state of constant cognitive dissonance, we need to experience continuous growth and increas...

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Dewey, Society, and Cognitive Development
[This post is part of a series: Piaget, Dewey, and Vertical Learning ] Dewey makes another critical point that I also brushed aside twenty years ago. He stresses that, for education to be effective, growth must occur along two parallel tracks: the sociologi...

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Dewey and Society
[This post is part of a series: Piaget, Dewey, and Vertical Learning ] When I read Dewey twenty years ago and he said that education is a social process, that made sense to me. While we can and do learn on our own, we learn more effectively when we interact...
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