Mark Gordon

After Many Years, I’ve Returned Home

I bought 24 acres of Vermont woodland and built a 12X12 cabin with my mate so we could stay warm and dry for the winter. The cabin and an Ashley wood heat stove worked in tandem to accomplish my mission. One morning in the snow I discovered bear prints immediately outside the long window I

ZARD Chapter 2 Part 2

“How could I have forgotten?!?!” I scold myself.  “He’s found me! Where’s the book?”  I quickly scan the surroundings. I spot the book on a table two steps away. I grab it and shove it under the bed. The noise grows to deafening. Just above the dome hovers a flying machine that has an insect body

The Dodecahedron Mystery Episode 1

To David, Colin, and Blake for your belief and energy, and to every wonderfully “weird” student that I was fortunate to connect with. By searching for your truth and authenticity, you challenged me to do the same! Keeping the faith! Episode 1  Alien I’m a contrarian. If I told go one way, I go the

The Dodecahedron Mystery: Ch 2 : The Observatory

Darkness is turning to light. It has taken longer to get here than I had predicted. But I have made it before dawn—just  barely. I’m too exhausted to celebrate. As good as it is to finally arrive, I still have no idea what my mission is other than delivering this book to the observatory. The building’s

Playbook: “The Mission,” Part 1

Welcome, Knowledge Explorers! This is “Learning Is a Ball Theater’s” Playbook based on the video, “The Mission.” This learning is based on play. Why? At The Kuriosity Lab, we have discovered that people learn just as much—if not more—through play. As famed educator, Joseph Chilton Pearce, lucidly stated: “There is no part of play where …

Ball as the Mother of Invention

A mom and her son arrived at my classroom after school ended. The youngster of 12 or 13 refused to write. He was attending a prestigious and expensive private school. So, we went to work. I used all my best techniques. None worked. We were both frustrated. I knew his brother was star on his

Truth to Youth: Dream On and Recognize How to Play This New Game

We’ve led you down a path that promised infinite possibilities. Unfortunately the game was one of finite possibilities. And finite games always have winners and losers. We were fooling ourselves and misleading you pretending that it was an infinite game. That is something our generation needs to take full responsibility. Not to lament the past,

Breaking Spells for Hating School

I couldn’t count all the teens I’ve met who hated “normal” school. In class, many acted out, others were silently defiant, while others played comedian which was often a welcome relief. And with this cast of characters I was going to meet with them for an hour a day four days a week for the

What If a Ball Could Change the World of Learning? Part 1

How crazy of an idea? Especially now in a world filled with such complexity. In whatever spot in the universe I am currently in, it’s true. I’ve been teaching/learning how to use a ball to teach academic and social skills for over 20 years now. Back then, when I told parents and teachers that’s how

Experimenting with Smiles

A few years ago I fell into an experiment. I was walking to the local library while listening to some favorite tunes. A lyric simultaneously triggered a smile in my head and on my face. Just at that moment, a woman, who was approaching, read my smile as if it was meant for her. She