Goblin (at Goblin.Education) is a PD that instead of lecturing at you, utilises the pedagogy that you’re learning about to instruct you. In short, it’s a pen and paper/D20 role playing game broken into several sessions followed by a guided instruction. Marvelous.
You should definitely check it out – John and I will be working to set up a raiding party in the new year.
It also led into a discussion – an important discussion I feel – about Open Source teaching culture as compared to Teacherpreneurial culture (not my favourite portmanteau). But more on this (read: ranting) in an upcoming post.
John brought an article about classroom furniture that was much more interesting than it initially sounds – I promise. Its underlying thesis was that classrooms should be much more like coffee shops in their flexibility and design. You can read it yourself at http://www.kansas.com/news/local/education/article105815121.html and it is by Suzanne Perez Tobias.
Check out the episode and let us know what you think.