About Mike Dunn

Mike has been working to build strong connections between students and communities in outdoor and indoor classrooms for over 15 years. His practice is rooted in a deep understanding of History and the foundation on which we build our personal and institutional educational philosophies and values. He currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at a small independent school outside of Philadelphia.

Must Reads For The Ed Reform Advocate #1: Test and Punish – A Book Review

Test and Punish, by John Kuhn Test and Punish: How The Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity Author: John Kuhn Publisher: Park Place Publications, Austin, TX I first encountered John Kuhn’s name about a year ago while reading his article “The Pundit’s Miseducation” on The Educators Room (TER). As an education [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:21:11+00:00 January 13th, 2014|Book Review, Educational Reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments

10 Pieces Of Technology That Changed My Teaching Practice And Others That Didn’t

courtesy ucedtech It is no mystery that the education world is saturated with technology. There are tools for everything from administering quizzes, to “flipping” the classroom, to facilitating collaboration, to monitoring student productivity. Of course, with this saturation comes overwhelm. The new-to-edu-tech teacher is sure to find themselves deep in [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:25:06+00:00 October 10th, 2013|Instruction&Curriculum, Technology|4 Comments

Philadelphians: Don’t Let School Issues Halt Your Student’s Education

It is no mystery to those who pay attention that education is under attack in America. I am not talking about teachers being attacked (although they are), or schools being attacked (although they are), or administrators being attacked (although they are). I am talking about the value of education -- the actual priority that Americans [...]

The Case For Learning Through Experience

In 1938, education theorist John Dewey published a short volume entitled Experience and Education. In typical Dewey fashion, he begins by arguing the philosophical underpinnings of what makes experiences so valuable. He states that in truth, young learners (in particular) are most accustomed to learning from experiences. They do so on a daily basis: [...]

By | 2017-06-10T18:00:59+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies|0 Comments

Fulfilling The Interdisciplinary Dream

picture courtesy Exploring Education The education world is all about buzzwords. From early classes in all disciplines to graduate level courses in specialized topics, practitioners are constantly throwing around terms like “differentiation”, “STEM” (now STEAM), “flipped classrooms”, “high-stakes testing”, “collaborative learning”, and “MOOCs”. These catch phrases live in the [...]