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Homework Wars

It is reasonable to conclude that there are various philosophies about what the purpose of homework ought to be and that there is ample research to be found supporting just about them all.  For our school, however, the conversation comes with a context.  Considering who we are and what we believe to be true about teaching and learning, what ought to be the role of homework here?

Like all preceding vital conversations, this…


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on November 22, 2013 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Emails from Naomi Shemer

Each afternoon between 1 and 1:30 PM, I receive an email from "Naomi Shemer".   Not the Naomi Shemer.  From the iPad in our school named "Naomi Shemer".




One of our founding 21st century learning teachers, …


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on September 1, 2013 at 9:46am — No Comments

Our Experience of an EdCamp

Let me begin by giving full credit to this blog post to Andrea Hernandez, our Director of  Teaching & Learning, not only for most of the ideas, but the links as well.  We are finishing up planning for next Friday's scheduled "Professional Development" Day - an annual day of school without students, dedicated to…


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on January 23, 2013 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Vlogging What You Preach

I was meeting on Friday with Andrea Hernandez, our Director of Teaching & Learning (formally "21st Century Learning" - we are trying to message that "21st Century Learning" is synonymous with "Teaching & Learning"), who chided me for not role modeling what was expected of all our faculty.  Namely, where was my evidence for my own summer learning!

I blogged, …


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on September 19, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

My #NoOfficeDay

On September 13th, I will officially participate in No Office Day!

David Truss first posted a blog here, describing in words and pictures his experience with a "No Office" Day and challenging the rest of us principals and heads to do the same.  This challenge has been picked up by PEJE, whose guest blogger on August 19th, …


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on August 26, 2011 at 4:19pm — No Comments

edJEWcon 5772.0

For those interested in the nexus between 21st century learning and the world of Jewish education..I would like to share the extraordinarily exciting news of a groundbreaking new conference in Jewish education that will take place at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School this year.  In cooperation with the Schechter Day School Network and with a generous grant and support from The AVI CHAI… Continue

Added by Jon Mitzmacher on August 21, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

A (School) Year in the Life...

Forty-one posts later...
...I have spent some time rereading the titles of the forty-one blog posts I have written this year and cherry-picked a few to reread so that I would have some sense of how to tie up in a neat bow my adventure in blogging this year.  Rather than regurgitate that which you are welcome to reread yourself, I though I would share an illustrative anecdote that took place last week:

Added by Jon Mitzmacher on July 6, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments

Testing, testing, 1-2-3

I spent an hour yesterday working with our Academic Resource Specialist trying to decide exactly which set of scoring results will make the most amount of sense for the battery of standardized tests our students have now completed.


One hour.


What should be cross-checked with what and which version should be sent to whom?Longitudinal data over how many different data points in which sections from when to when?  Do we err on the side of sharing too much…


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on April 8, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

One Blog Fits All?


Time is a zero-sum game.

Whatever time is available for one thing automatically makes less of it available for something else.  The time I spend consulting with other schools (which is now beginning to happen with some small measure of regularity) is time I am not sitting in my own classrooms.  The time I spend writing grants, planning conference presentations, and dreaming dreams is time I am not collaborating with teachers.  The time I spend Tweeting and blogging is time I…


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on March 24, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments


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