This page contains links to articles, blog posts, and other readings that may be useful to teachers interested in learning to plan more thematically.

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Arnzen, Michael. (2005, August). Shifting the paradigm: Transformative learning theory. Pedablogue. Retrieved February 19, 2009, from

Babauta, Leo. (n.d.). Education needs to be turned on its head. Zen Habits. Retrieved November 4, 2010, from

Dieu, Barbara, & Stevens, Vance. (2007, June). Pedagogical affordances of syndication, aggregation, and mash-up of content on the web. TESL-EJ, 11(1), 1-15. Retrieved March 1, 2008, from

Eisner, Elliott W. (2002). The arts and the creation of mind. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09523-6. - This outstanding book addresses the dynamic relationship between arts-based education and cognitive development. Chapter 1 is especially insightful, and chapters 7 and 8 are especially useful to educators. Chapter 10 provides a concise, itemized summary of the book.

Gifford, Charlotte E., & Mullaney, Jeanne P. (1997). From rhetoric to reality: Applying the communication standards to the classroom. Northeast Conference Review, 46, 12-17. Retrieved December 19, 2007, from

Hall, Elizabeth Wikfors, & Salmon, Susan J. (2003). Chocolate chip cookies and rubrics: Helping students understand rubrics in inclusive settings.Teaching Exceptional Children, 8-11. Retrieved November 12, 2010, from

Henry, Jeff, & Meadows, Jeff. (2008, Winter). An absolutely riveting online course: Nine principles for excellence in web-based teaching. Canadian Journal of Learning & Technology, 34(1). Retrieved July 27, 2009, from

Jonassen, David. (2003, Spring). Using cognitive tools to represent problems. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 35(3), 362-382. Retrieved January 9, 2008, from

Lamb, Brian. (2007). Dr. Mashup; or, why educators should stop worrying and love the remix. Educause. Retrieved Sept. 5, 2008, from

McBride, Melanie. The hidden curriculum of 21st century learning. Retrieved September 14, 2009, from

Pink, Daniel. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. NY: Riverhead Books. ISBN 978-1-59448-171-0.

Prince, Frank A. (1993). C and the box: A paradigm parable. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer. ISBN 0-89384-226-5.

Robinson, Sir Ken. (2006, February). Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Ted Talks. Retrieved September 19, 2008, from [Video]

Sherris, Arieh (Ari). (2008, September). Integrated content and language instruction. CAL Digests. Retrieved February 19, 2009, from

Tedick, Diane. (2003). Key concepts to support standards-based and content-based second language instruction. CARLA. Retrieved September 18, 2008, from