Backstreet’s Back, Alright!

My wife and I both have a similar upbringing. Our families relocated frequently in our teens and settled in a big city towards the end of our parents’ careers. All my life, I’ve been a traveling man. Music was a big thing in her family (her brother is a piano virtuoso), but not so much…

Planning for tech or solving with tech?

Harvard used to offer a post-grad certificate on “Teaching to Standards with New Technologies” through its Graduate School of Education WIDE program. The bulk of the 2-year course involved elaborating units that made use of a planner resembling the UbD model. The first criterion for deciding to use technology is to think about what instructional…

Reflections on a soigné dinner for two

The special dinner for two I had planned as my personal research project finally happened last Friday. Here’s what was on the menu. The dishes and ingredients ended up not needing a lot of translation, but Taobao (China’s “Amazon”) came to the rescue (with Chrome’s automatic translation, of course). I was even able to order…

Can any one of my students land a plane?

At a faculty meeting many years ago, the high school principal gave all teachers present a voucher for ‘one mistake’ — something like a ‘get out of jail free’ card. The purpose was to inspire some trial-and-error, an opportunity to try something new and learn from mistakes. I feel most teachers are perfectionists. Maybe it’s…

Lurking? What’s that?

I was never much of a lurker. The internet arrived in Brazil (or in my house, at least) in 1996 and one of the first websites I visited was MIT’s collection of Shakespeare’s works (the site still has its 1993 look!). In 1998, I had already registered luizmello.com and was sharing my admiration for the…