Written by ThThTh contributor Troy Miller, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Iowa BIG. Last week I wrote about how public education needs to be saved from itself. In what might have sounded like a flippant solution (we need to fund innovation), I also referenced one specific tactic wherein we at Iowa BIG are experiencing fantastic success.… Read more Ready for Platinum Standard PBL?
Guest blog by Troy Miller, entrepreneur and educator. @troykmiller TechCrunch.com today wrote about the $100 million round raised by Altschool, a private school network who is taking the necessary steps to revolutionize education in California and across the US. My hat is off to them. Perhaps this is the kick in the shorts needed for public education… Read more Saving Public Education from Itself
I am the headmaster of Iowa BIG, one of the most progressive public school programs in Iowa and in the Nation. We were featured speakers at SXSW and at the PioneerBasecamp Policy Summit in DC, in just the last month. I make the salary of every other 7th-year teacher in my district, with some added… Read more I Have to Take a Second Job to Support my Teaching Habit: Thanks #ialegis
When a student comes to me and says she can’t concentrate on her projects because of how she’s doing in another one of her classes, I tend to feel a violent ambivalence. When someone is asked to prove that two trigonometric expressions are equal by using arcane identities, especially when this someone is a barely… Read more Just to be clear, Teaching Math is a Tire Fire Right Now
What happens when you get to the bottom of a slippery slope? You end up attempting to optimize a system that has no high point. It began simply: someone, somewhere, said that they knew a few things that they were sure everyone needed to know, probably on East Coast around 1910. The list grew exponentially.… Read more Mu of Zero
She picked back up flippantly, as if she hadn’t known that I was a physics teacher, “…and then we did this thing, you know, with like a, turning balance thing, and I have to use some equation, and, oh, I’m screwed, something with period or time.” I immediately flew into whiteboard mode, “Like this?!” I drew… Read more That Study Never Happened
This begins a series of posts about how one might start a totally project-based, competency-driven, asynchronous schooling environment with a Creative Commons Licensed pedagogical model. We call ourselves Iowa BIG, and yes we know that sounds a bit pretentious, but hey, my official title is Headmaster Cornally, so, deal. Through our initiatives, we deliver core… Read more How to Run an Iowa BIG: Our Space #gowhalephants
A quick primer on what we do at Iowa BIG: It’s been slow, especially because I’m used to running my own little kingdom of a classroom, but Iowa BIG is bearing the fruit of a community-focused, project-based model. The dream was to create a schooling experience with a seamless connection and sometimes blurred difference between… Read more The Overflowing Froth of Realness: Iowa BIG
You wanna know what keeps me up at night? Not climate change. Not the fact that Ke$ha makes more in a minute than I make in a decade. Not the fact that Iowa is slowly but surely wasting the prairie’s soil and everyone’s fresh water so it can produce Pepsi, ethanol, and beef. No, it’s… Read more [Tyranny of the Curriculum] What is Extra in Education?
Humans are Built to Walk: Not run. Not jump. Not swim. Walk. We have arched feet and an astonishingly efficient walking gait. We think better when we walk, and our happiness and sense of purpose may be tied to the simple act of wandering about. It’s not that we’re good at walking; it’s that we… Read more Designing Schools for Humans