Talk The Talk

Learning as Pushing Boundaries

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Thu, 03/06/2014

I watched anxiously as a young boy and girl demonstrated how to make blueberry pancakes from scratch. My anxiety morphed into a mix of incredulity and terror as the boy stuck his hand into the blender’s glass jar to dislodge some bit of batter that was gumming up the works around the blade. I slunk down in my seat, cringed, and waited for the worst to happen.

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Put Us to the Test (February Edition)

Submitted by Amy Losi on Fri, 02/28/2014

Core Values: The Pushback on Accountability

A little boy was getting poor grades in school. One day he surprised the teacher and tapped her on the shoulder. “I don’t want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don’t get better grades, somebody is going to get a spanking.”

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Hi! I’m a Graphic Designer!

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Wed, 02/19/2014

Graphic designers . . . what do we really do? Well, we draw, color, paint, sketch, and design for a living. So, is that how we would like to define our work? What do YOU think? Well, here is my answer about this profession that sounds either too complicated or too easy.

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From the Copy Desk (February Edition)

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Wed, 02/12/2014

According to the wonderful Purdue Online Writing Labs, “Parallel structure means using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. This can happen at the word, phrase, or clause level.” If this is a new concept to you, it’s worth reading the page on parallel structure, which is short and full of good examples (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/01/).

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The Power of Play

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Wed, 02/05/2014

“The power of play.” We hear a lot in educational circles about how play embodies risk-taking, experimentation, and exploration. It is a very powerful way to learn. Plus, it’s fun! Who doesn’t like play, right? But play can be tough to implement in the typical classroom tasked to raise test scores, adhere to a vetted teaching scope and sequence, and prepare learners for productive livelihoods in the context of an uncertain economy.

This is the story of two colleagues who saw a playful friendship turn into a fruitful professional collaboration.

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Put Us to the Test (January Edition)

Submitted by Amy Losi on Thu, 01/23/2014

Nothing Common About the Common Core

Father: How were the exam questions?
Son: Easy.
Father: Then why do you look so unhappy?
Son: The questions didn’t give me any trouble, but the answers did!

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Marie’s Final Closing Comments

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Mon, 01/28/2013

This will be the last Marie’s Musings post.  After 45 years (!) working in the field of educational publishing, I have decided to retire. It has been a glorious ride!

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Marie’s December Musings

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Tue, 01/08/2013

“The U.S. is now the only major economy in the world where the younger generation is not going to be better educated than the older.”

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Marie’s October Musings

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Tue, 11/06/2012

“It is our goal to ensure that there is no such thing as an achievement gap in Florida’s K–12 education system.”

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Marie’s September Musings

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Tue, 10/09/2012

“We had 14,000 school boards in this country making the decisions for a long time and that is why we ended up where we ended up.”

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Marie’s July Musings

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Fri, 08/03/2012

Quote of the Month

  “ . . . (our goal) Personalized search for everyone . . .”
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Marie’s June Musings

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Mon, 07/09/2012

Catch up on the latest education publishing thoughts from the irrepressible Marie Brown, an industry icon and our Marble Ambassador.

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Marie’s May Musings

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Mon, 06/11/2012

Catch up on the latest education publishing thoughts from the irrepressible Marie Brown, an industry icon and our Marble Ambassador.

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Cybernetics - The Way of the Learning Organization

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Mon, 05/21/2012

Over the last 50 years, there have been several discussions of how cybernetics can help provide quality education of individuals and organizations. The word cybernetics comes from Greek for the…

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The Power of Caine’s Arcade

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Mon, 05/07/2012

This post’s writer, Anne Bunce, wears many hats at Six Red Marbles. She is currently immersed in digital education projects in STEM curricula. Anne has a special interest in how to foster and maintain creativity in schools and in the workplace.

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Marie’s April Musings

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Wed, 05/02/2012

Catch up on the latest education publishing thoughts from the irrepressible Marie Brown, an industry icon and our Marble Ambassador.

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Changing the Metaphor

Submitted by Six Red Marbles on Fri, 04/06/2012

A couple years ago, I stumbled upon a profound retelling of the American education system, called “Changing Education Paradigms”.

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