Rethinking Learning
conversations about the future of teaching and learning
Barbara Bray
be creative, innovate, take risks, unlearn to learn
Oakland, CA

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Teaching in New Ways

By Barbara Bray      March 29, 2009 -- 09:52 AM
It's the teacher that matters most. Check out Chris Betcher's Slideshare. Saw Dr. Marzano at the CUE conference so this is great to see the data in this form. Thanks Chris!

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Bring Play back into the Classroom

By Barbara Bray      March 19, 2009 -- 11:16 AM
Something really got to me today. I received this report on Play Disappearing from the Kindergarten Classroom. What happened? We ask our children to grow up way too fast and then life comes hurdling toward them full speed. They have to be able to test well. Why? Who’s test?

A good friend of mine who was a Kindergarten teacher quit - retired after 25 years. She couldn’t stand spending hours on hours teaching children how to fill in a bubble on the test sheet. She had to cut down on reading time, cut down on play time, cut down on singing, dancing, art. I even think this is starting to happen ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By Linda George  March 19, 2009 -- 12:37 PM

Challenge for our Future

By Barbara Bray      March 12, 2009 -- 09:19 AM
Today teaching and learning is changing before our eyes. This is the crucial time to design what learning will look like. I challenge you to come up with ideas for our children and grandchildren.

Take a look at most schools today They usually are placed centrally in a community. They start at 8 and close at 3. Very little happens before or after school now because of funding issues. It is a closed campus so community members are not allowed on campus. Students move from grade level to grade level. Teachers manage the classroom. Principals manage the teachers. Teachers tend to be isolated in their ...   more...
Comments: 6   Last Comment By Carlotta  March 26, 2009 -- 08:30 AM

Reviewing the Past

By Barbara Bray      March 8, 2009 -- 09:40 PM
Before discussing the future of learning and elearning, I want to review the past. I’m going to write a few posts about learning, teaching, and the Internet. This post is about how the Internet began from Aarpnet to the present with some background information with the following eight minute animated documentary.

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

I started using computers in the early 80s. Think the first was a TRS-80 and a portable Compaq with 5" floppy disks using 64K memory. I was hooked. Started using FrEDMail and AT&T Learning Circles with students so we could connect online. ...   more...
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