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Joe Koss
I am an international teacher from Wisconsin, USA.
I am an international teacher from Wisconsin, USA.
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The Logic of Learning
I want to start with a provocation. What does it mean to learn? I am going to tell a story. It is a story six years in the making, and it is a story that I now more or less view as my personal journey through international education. It is a story that is b...

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The Low Tech of High Tech High
Photo Credit: Ewan MacIntosh Last week I had the privilege of touring two of High Tech High ’s three campuses (probably 8 or 9 of their 13 total schools in total). I had read about them for years, starting with Tony Wagner’s Global Achievement Gap back in 2...

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1 Big Takeaway from #LEC2016
I tend to operate at the margins of learning at the school I work in. It can be a lonely feeling. You can feel like a boat against the current, back borne into the past. Believing in that orgastic future... But I need to believe that this future of educatio...

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Slow Jamming the Start to the New School Year
I first saw the quote above while attending a pre-conference about the Roosevelt Innovation Academy . I was reminded of it after reflecting on how I started my first three weeks of school this year. Let me explain. I wanted to think big this year for my 7th...

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TOK Presentation as Compliance: A Reply by the TOK Subject Manager (and further comments)
In response to my first post concerning the TOK Presentation moderation outcomes from May 2016, Maria Zubizarreta, Subject manager for TOK has written a detailed and thorough response to some of the concerns raised not only by me but many experienced TOK te...

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Long Night. Opportunity for Empathy?
Yesterday we had our Back to School night, the not uncommon practice where schools invite the parents in to follow their students schedule for 10 minutes per class. It started at 7 pm, so I decided to stay at school from 4–7 to try to get work caught up on ...
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