1. Hi Paul;

    I am doing a presentation on RSA animate videos in New Orleans and I was wondering if you would allow me (with credit given) to use some of your pictures of your staircase method that you have on flickr.

    kind regards;


  2. I am writing a book against CCSS and other things going on in schools. May I use some of your great information on the SLDS and P-20 information article. Thanks for the great work. I live in Pa and we are fighting to kick it out. I feel we are winning. There is so much more than that we have to do to et it back where children are again allowed to dream and pick their own job in the future.

    1. Hmmmm…

      There were some really incredible people involved in the writing of those. People who I think realize that the content area needs standards to survive and be taken seriously. With standards written, then you can push for them to be taught, which is pushing for the subject to be taken more seriously…that is all good. Actually standards might be the wrong word. It is a framework for districts to use. It is not saying what should be taught.

      But…and I really only focused on part that would impact me…they seem to make learning social studies so “heavy.” I think the move in soc stud is to be so deep that the “fun” has been left out. Ya know, sometimes it is just pretty cool to get hooked on Europe by finding out what people in Romania eat. Focusing every class on things like “should the US come to European Union’s aid if they were attacked” are just forgettable (for 11/12 year olds). Sure, it makes the school and teacher look good, but where is the joy? And we focus so much on knowing…we really need to focus more on “doing and making.” Give me a kid who spends a year making some pretty cool products on just a few random historical events! That is a kid who will continue to be a student of history/geography/civics well after they leave the classroom.

      I am currently making a video about what should be most important in a social studies class…wish I saw more of this in the frameworks.

  3. Hi,

    I love the work you do on In particular, I was blown away by “How do you Engage Students” when I was researching my latest post.

    Since it was so good, I had no choice but to mention you and link to the post. Just wanted to give you a quick heads up and say thanks for the great supplementary resource.

    If you get a chance, I’d love it if you gave the article a quick read and left a comment with your thoughts. Here’s the link:

    I think you’ll love it.

    I’d also really appreciate it if you shared it with your followers—if you think they’d enjoy it.

    Best Regards,
    Arpita Paul.

  4. Paul – found your blog and really, really enjoyed it. My name is Jayne and I run the edtech blog for Chalkup ( I’d love to connect. Would you be at all interested in doing a guest post for us? Your content is a real match for our readers. Would be happy to tell you more about the type of posts we’re into.

    Thanks for writing. Glad I found your site!


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