Sunday Jun 13, 2021

Episode 27 - Standards, Stress, Strokes and the Joy of Writing with Jamie Kurowski

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In the last episode we wrapped up the history of education in the ancient world. We learned how fundamental the control of knowledge as a currency was to the development of ancient civilizations, so now is a good time to take a breath and shift our attention back to stories about teachers and teaching. In this episode we feature the teacher story of Jamie Kurowski, one of the designers at the Edjacent collaborative. Hers is a cautionary tale about what the stresses of standardized testing can do to our health. Jaime is really into the doing and teaching of writing, so I took the opportunity to find out her insights into how we might help reluctant writers engage in the process. As the last few episodes demonstrated, writing is a key component of a knowledge currency, and as a reluctant writer myself, I found this a fascinating conversation.

If we make writing a chore, and I will admit, I really don’t like the process myself, then we lose the ability to communicate creatively and effectively. I’m glad that educators like Jaime are trying to help kids experience some joy in themselves and the process. If you would like to get in touch with her, you can email her at

Next time, Jaime will share some of her writings, based on her experiences of teaching during the pandemic.

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