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Lessons from Leonardo

One of the Christmas presents that found its way under my tree this year is the recently-published biography, Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson.  Several years ago, I had really enjoyed reading Isaacson's well-crafted biography, Steve Jobs, and I was excited to read this soon-to-be bestseller and learn more about da Vinci and the Italian Renaissance over the holiday break.  I was really looking forward to reading a book that wasn't about "work" or "education," so on a quiet morning after the pandemonium of Christmas Day had passed, I settled into my comfortable reading chair, covered myself in a warm afghan, and plunged in, eager to leave my work behind me.  I wasn't 15 pages into the book when I threw back the afghan and, grumbling to myself, walked over to my desk to retrieve my journal, highlighter and pen.  Already I had recognized some passages in the book that I felt were relevant to our #HollistonInnovates work and knew I just had to share th…

#HollistonInnovates Isn’t Just About Students…

I’ve been emailing with a Middle School teacher here in Holliston who is redesigning one of her ELA units. Her premise is, in some ways, simple, yet her results are much more complex.

In essence, the “content” of the unit is unchanged. The class is reading the same book they’ve read for the past several years: Night by Elie Wiesel. The unit objectives are unchanged: to gain insight of the Holocaust from a first-person account, and focus on applying this knowledge of human history to change our human future. This teacher recently spent a portion of a recent Professional Development Day putting together new additions for their reading of Night. Now, students will be using the tools from iWitness where they will first create a GeoMap for another survivor. IWitness is an educational website developed by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education that provides access to more than 1,500 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocau…