Entrepreneurialism: A Story about Curiosity and Ingenuity

What’s it worth to know that the Academy’s cupola draws on an illustrious heritage of monuments dating back to the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates? Well, this year it’s worth $175, one dollar for every year of the Academy’s history. What is it worth to know that middle school students never give up on an answer and will form nuanced, artful

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Why Blog?

And why ask middle school students to blog? These are questions I asked in a blog post I wrote in a discussion with faculty in the summer of 2012. We were thinking about the benefits and drawbacks of using student blogs. We were also learning how to use the conventions ourselves. The discussions ultimately became our student blog program, where each student

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Can middle school students really be curators?

In our faculty work group last week, we discussed the difference between class blogs and student blogs. Ultimately, we all chose the student blogs because they gave the students control over the site, knowing that class blogs probably would not pass the student sniff test of “adult control”. We also saw the incredible potential for students to learn about themselves

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Why blog?

And why ask middle school students to blog? The common rationales are that students who blog are more engaged because they are in touch with their audience (communication is interactive, after all) and that students who blog are building a core competency of online, digital communication, which has perhaps some different demands than traditional expository writing. Going further, though, these rationales are

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