The research and theory behind this article is so intriguing to me. When I ask myself if my classroom was a campfire, watering hole, cave, or life? I’d like to think it was a little of each depending on the time, but this article still made me think of how I could do more. What would my room look like, how could I provide an exploratory classroom to meet students’ needs, how could my instructional approach to content be refined to increase student engagement? These are questions we are always posing to ourselves as we try to prep for our daily lessons and this article encourages that same type of thinking, only on a larger scale.
Sidenote: I really liked what he had to say about the Common Core State Standards. “In the Common Core Math Standards, I find a lot to like. The problem I’ve got with the standards-there are only eight-is that illustrations use traditional topics. There’s nothing wrong with that, but someone who’s just skimming it might think they don’t have to change what they teach. Technically it’s true. You don’t have to change what you teach, but you have to change how you teach it.”