Problemitizing the Curriculum [SLIDE]

The thinking of Garfield Gini-Newman has been a source of challenge for me lately.

One of Garfield’s arguments is that problems should be used as an invitation to bring students into the learning process.  Here’s a slide that makes Garfield’s point:

(click here to view and download image on Flickr) 



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  • marsharatzel

    I love GGN

    No way you are “doing” Garfield Gini-Newman!!!  He came to KC last year at a Design conference where I was studying…..he blew my mind with the commitment to student voice and finding their passions.

    Education needs to really listen to this guy.  He’s the real deal.

    • billferriter

      Hey Pal, 

      Hey Pal, 

      So cool when our worlds cross, isn’t it?!

      GGN and I are both presenting at a 21st Century Learning conference in BC, so we’ve been looking for intersections in our work.  You’re right:  He IS the real deal.  He’s already helping to polish my own practices and thinking around the things that I care about.  



  • Jeff Jones


    Bill, when I click on One of Garfield’s Arguments I go to your June post on heading to Denmark.  Something I am doing wrong? 99% of the time my technology issues are user error.

  • BillIvey


    I think that’s part of the power of the Soundings approach developed by Mark Springer – when students design the curriculum around their own questions, facing down, analyzing, and solving problems are virtually inevitably part of the process. Content is learned in service to seeking answers, and theme questions often deal with deep and major issues of one sort or another. No wonder John Lounsbury once listed the book as one of four every middle school teacher should have in their library.