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PBL To Start A School

One of the questions I get when I help teachers think about how to incorporate project based learning (“PBL”) in their classrooms has to do with how to get started. Unless you are teaching in a school that has made a campus-wide commitment to PBL, it is likely that at the beginning of the year… Read more »

Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown Opens!

You only get a first day of a school once. So much preparation, hopes and dreams go into planning for a new school and the next thing you know you have kids skipping, shuffling, marching, dragging themselves through your doors like some sort of updated Breakfast Club montage. After 9 years with Paulo Freire Freedom… Read more »

Now Is The Time To Sleep (a little bit earlier)

School is just a couple of weeks away and if your young person is anything like my  two growing up, their summer sleeping habits have shifted later and later.  Rather than have them experience the shock to their system of getting up early for school, why not start now and try to retrain them to… Read more »

Advisories Are Essential

School is only a few weeks away so we will be sending home our advisory letters shortly.  Any student new to Paulo Freire Freedom School gets a letter from his/her advisor welcoming them to our school and scheduling a “get to know each other” meeting before school starts.  During that time advisors can answer questions, address concerns and it gives our families… Read more »

Living Below The Line

Live Below The Line This week three PFFSers (Carman, JoAnn, and Santo) participated in the “Live Below the Line” challenge where each of them did not spend more than $1.50/day for food in order to raise their own awareness of global poverty. We did this in conjunction with our end of year Gateway during which… Read more »

PBL For Life

I’m currently a candidate to become a member of the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), the premier organization promoting project based learning (PBL) in schools. As a teacher I have fully embraced the benefits of PBL in my classroom. Done well, it inspires and engages students, teaches meaningful content in ways… Read more »

The Other Side of Intersession

In the Fall I wrote the praises of Intersession – why we do it, the amazing sites, quotes, experiences, memories that come with it.  Today, surrounded by sounds from Chicks  and Cops, I’m tempted to write another blog (I even came up with a title, “Death of a Peep”).  But I thought instead I would… Read more »

Brazilians visit Paulo Freire

Brazilian Teachers Tour PFFS – Feb. 19  Every year I hear this statement in some form or another, “Paulo Freire.  I studied him in grad school.”  For those who don’t know, Paulo Freire was a Brazilian educator who worked with adult literacy and who wrote extensively about education.  In his most famous treatise, Pedagogy of… Read more »

Students Making Meaning

On Monday 2/17 my 8th grade Humanities class discussed the actions of the EXCOMM, President Kennedy’s elite circle of advisors during the Cuban Missile Crisis and reflected on how scary groupthink can be and how almost juvenile some of the advisors were acting.  In the middle of the conversation, one of my 8th graders had an… Read more »

Supporting Learning At Home

I spent my Winter Break not so much thinking about school, but instead thinking about raising kids, which comes from spending time with 2 grown up kids, 2 teenagers (one in college and one in high school), a toddler and a 2 newborns. Specifically, I’ve been reflecting on what were the things we have done… Read more »