About Michael Chellman

Michael is an award-winning teacher at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. He has 30 years of experience with both middle and high school students. He founded ClassWise in 1996.
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Michael has written 116 articles so far, you can find them below.

The Trouble With Khan Academy

By Robert Talbot, The Chronicle of Higher Education  It’s great for learning about a subject; inadequate for higher-level thinking. Let’s start with what Khan Academy is. Khan Academy is a collection of video lectures that give demonstrations of mechanical processes. When it comes to this purpose, KA videos are, on the average, pretty good. Sal […]
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Autonomy Matters

“The Puzzle of Motivation,” by Daniel Pink, TEDTalk [Michael’s note: Where you see “education” in blue, Daniel Pink originally said, “business.” But in other writings, including his best-seller, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink says schools would benefit from embracing the “autonomy, mastery, and purpose” approach described here.] Scientists who’ve been studying motivation have […]
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Creating Successful Blended Learning Classrooms

By Bill Tolley, Education Week, 10/8/14 For some educators, blended learning—combining face-to-face instruction with online work—is turbulence in their flight path. Peter West recently addressed the challenges that experienced educators face when considering a blended model. When teachers embrace blended-learning, they have to relinquish authority over content and time—the comfort of cruise control—in exchange for […]
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DEBATE: Virtual School on Snow Days?

from “Room for Debate,” The New York Times, 2/5/14 [Michael’s Note: This debate was inspired by the decision some Chicago-area schools made to upload digital lessons and hold snow-day classes online.] “There’s Beauty, and Learning, in a Snow Day” (by Kate Fridkis, Home Education Magazine columnist) I’m conflicted when I read about schools implementing long-distance […]
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Patriots’ Tom Brady: Lessons for Students

“Amid a Life of Celebrity and Success, Tom Brady is All Business,” by Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post, Super Bowl Sunday, 2/1/15 [Michael’s Note: See the connections for helping our students cultivate a growth mindset.] You’ve never seen Tom Brady in a moment of honest panic…. It’s an interesting thing to watch a pretty boy […]
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Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

By Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, 10/15/13 Mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories, and encourage creativity. [Michael’s note: How might these principles apply not just to improving our performance as teachers but also to helping our students achieve more balance in their academic lives?] Throughout history people have intuited that… devotion to perpetual busyness […]
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Why Students Ask–or Don’t Ask–for Help

By Sarah D. Sparks, American Educator, Winter 2014-15 In a typical classroom, there are those students who raise their hands constantly and others who try to overhear the teacher’s response to other students’ questions without ever asking their own…. These behaviors can tell educators…a lot about what a student thinks about learning, his or her […]
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“Becoming” Is More Important Than “Learning”

“The Goal of Education Is Becoming,” by Marc Prensky, Education Week, 5/6/14 Learning is only a means of accomplishing the larger goal of becoming a good person—a more creative thinker, communicator, and doer. Pretty much everything you hear and read about education these days assumes that “learning” is the goal for our students. But it’s not. […]
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Teachers As Performers

By Gabrielle Emanuel, NPR’s All Things Considered, 11/17/14 [Michael’s note: This story was part of the NPR Education Team’s fall series, “50 Great Teachers.” You can listen to the stories, see transcripts, and watch videos of the teachers in action at: http://www.npr.org/series/359618671/50-great-teachers] When Amanda Siepiola steps into her classroom, she channels two role models. “I’m […]
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