Supersize CMK

I created Constructing Modern Knowledge (CMK) four years ago as a labor of love. I was growing increasingly concerned that educators lacked the time necessary to develop fluency with the software environments they embrace for students and may not have a deep enough understanding of learning theory or progressive educational practices to situate classroom computer […]

Alfie Kohn’s New EdWeek Article

Educators fortunate enough to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 got to witness an amazing conversation between two of America’s most provocative and accomplished educators, Alfie Kohn and Deborah Meier (watch this site for video in the near future). Mark your calendars for a mind-blowing Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011, to be held July 11-14, 2011. Registration […]

Summer Reading Recommendations from CMK 2010 Faculty

Summer Reading Suggestions Here is a list of suggested reading by written by CMK 2010 faculty or recommended by them. Whether you can join us July 12-15th or not, learning is a lifelong pursuit fueled by the powerful ideas and joy contained within the pages of the following books! James Loewen Constructing Modern Knowledge attempts […]

Alfie Kohn on Teacher as Facilitator

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, also spoke at this summer institute in 2008. In this clip, Alfie Kohn discusses why teachers might think twice about embracing the metaphor of “teacher as facilitator.” Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH USA. Other guest speakers include: Deborah Meier, Dr. James […]

Alfie Kohn on Learning from the Inside Out

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, also spoke at this summer institute in 2008. In this clip, Mr. Kohn addresses how children construct intellectual theories and knowledge from the inside out.” Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH USA. Learn more about the fantastic CMK 2010 guest speakers and […]

Alfie Kohn on Constructivism

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, also spoke at this summer institute in 2008. In this clip, he discusses how constructivism informs an understanding of how learning occurs. Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH. There is still time to register for constructingmodernknowledge.com Alfie Kohn Bookstore powered by Amazon.com […]

Alfie Kohn on Assessment

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, also spoke at this summer institute in 2008. In this brief clip, popular education author, Aflie Kohn offers some provocative research-based thoughts on assessment and the problem with grades. Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH USA. There is still time to register […]

Alfie Kohn on Motivating Students

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, also spoke at this summer institute in 2008. In this clip, Kohn explores how teachers might address students they perceive as “reluctant” to learn. Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH USA. There is still time to register to register for this summer’s […]

Rethinking Homework – Suggested Questionnaires for Parents

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, just published a provocative article suggesting meaningful questionnaires for parents regarding the value of homework. This is an important discussion for every community. These questions excerpted from his book, The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing, are well worth reading and […]