Artful Thinking and Project Based Learning

Artful Thinking and Project Based Learning

You are probably asking yourself, what is Artful Thinking? We at CTL asked ourselves the same question as we sought to define how the arts play a critical role in PBL classrooms. We established Artful Thinking as a way of supporting students in approaching learning,...
Struggles Are Teachable Moments

Struggles Are Teachable Moments

  I recently cleaned out my files and bookshelves with the goal of keeping only the essentials I want and need for providing professional development and support for educators. In the purging process, I came across Ted and Nancy Sizer’s gem from 1999 titled, The...

Perseverance in Problem Solving, Part II

In part I of this two part series, I introduced a couple of ideas I have about defining perseverance in problem solving and some instructional shifts that need to happen in order to achieve those goals. In this post, I take a much more direct approach in trying to lay...
Addressing Perseverance in Problem-Solving

Addressing Perseverance in Problem-Solving

I think the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) have the potential to be the game changers that we need in mathematics education. They by themselves create opportunity/demand for changes in instructional practice. At worst they call for  instructional practices...