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June 17, 2018

When Learners Get "Stuck," Try Thinking Like An Artist

This post is by Jacob Watson, a theatre artist and educator from Chicago, IL, and a recent graduate of the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education  Recently I heard an educator talk about a student who had "failed" an assignment in his class. I asked how the student h...

October 10, 2017

Busting the Learning Boundary Between School and World

In this post, Grant Lichtman shows how some schools have dissolved the boundaries between themselves and the outside world.

October 17, 2014

The Power of Exhibitions: Why You Need Both Sizzle and Steak

In this post, High Tech High Chula Vista teacher Alec Patton takes us inside the world of exhibitions, telling us why they have power, why students aren't always as motivated by them as you might think, and how at their best they bring together "sizzle" and "steak".

April 18, 2014

No One Has a Monopoly on Deeper Learning

In this post, Jal Mehta begins to map the landscape of deeper learning. He argues that seeing progressive or project-based schools as "deeper" and "no excuses" schools as shallower is not the right way to see the world; both have strengths and weaknesses that are the inverse of one another. He also suggests that much deeper learning happens outside of core disciplinary classes in extra-curriculars and electives, because these spheres induct students into gradually deeper understandings of how their practices work. Implications for traditional schools and core disciplinary classes are also discussed.

March 07, 2014

Two Cheers for 'Non-Cognitive Skills'

Abilities like persistence and goal-setting are critical, but the term "non-cognitive" is problematic.

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