Category Archives: DaveOstroff

Packing Parachutes

Sometimes a piece of student’s writing draws my attention away from offering feedback and assigning grades; instead, I feel a need to pause and reflect more deeply on why I feel called to work in schools. Reading Noah’s essay moves me to reflect … Continue reading

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21st-century Summer School

My wife Lisa and I were out to the movies on date night last Sunday when my phone started vibrating… and vibrating… and vibrating. It was still previews, so I peeked: one of my students was “doing Government class” while I … Continue reading

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Reframing the Journey

I’m reading in Dorothy Mackeracher’s Making Sense of Adult Learning today – specifically, Chapter 8: “Relationships in Learning.” The author notes three types of relationships that are essential in adult learning: 1) learner and facilitator: where a positive relationship helps … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Engagement with Twitter

When I was young, my grandfather would clip articles from The Baltimore Sun and mail them to me at our family’s home in Southeastern Virginia. I remember Orioles’ season preview sections, bios of Colts’ draft picks, and – as I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Baby O.

Watching our son Andrew’s developmental process has been fascinating!! Often I join in and play along on our living room floor; sometimes I just sit with him and observe. Lately I’ve been reflecting on some of the lessons that our … Continue reading

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Making a Mess of PBL

Every so often, I re-read Dan Pink’s blog post called “Why you should come up with at least 1 bad idea today,” and I’m reminded that authentic PBL ought to be messy. Following is a short list of potential pitfalls … Continue reading

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Pursuing Authenticity: Assessment Strategies for PBL

For me, setting expectations for grading students’ work product in authentic PBL activities presents a set of difficult challenges Below are a few thoughts I’ve “warmed up to” over the last few years as my teaching practice has evolved: 1. De-emphasize … Continue reading

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A Nod to Teaching Math

Happy New School Year! Over the last two years, my process of professional growth has been informed most directly by working with Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) as part of a school-based team. PLP develops cohorts of teacher-leaders and challenges us to … Continue reading

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More vs. Better

Seth Godin has written a wonderfully concise blog post entitled “Doing More vs. Doing Better” in which he suggests that, rather than asking people to do more,  “the most important and difficult form of management (verging on leadership) is to … Continue reading

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Toward Civic Collaboration

Faculty meeting today at 4pm… we’re presenting… topic is collaboration… it’s 9:30am, and the topic is rumbling around in my head… I’m drawn to the notion that effective collaboration among teachers serves students and student learning most effectively. An essential question, … Continue reading

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