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February 04, 2015

Creating Upstanders for the Present While Exploring Our History

Every February classrooms across the nation observe Black History Month. While teachers have have a plethora of resources for reflecting on the past, many are wondering how to empower their students to take on issues of social justice in the present. Sara Ahmed is the co-author of the amazing book, Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry. In the video interview, Sara describes this idea as well as others for building student agency and inquiry. These are great ideas for supercharging your classroom not only throughout February but all year long!

January 05, 2015

10 Classroom Ideas to Try in 2015

Now that we're back to school, what are some ways you can shake things up in the new year? Here are 10 ideas to try out in your classroom, no matter how big or small your learners may be.

August 25, 2014

Curiosity Based Learning to Kick Start Your Year!

You've probably heard the acronyms and versions of the name: PBL, CBL, Project Based Learning, Problem Based Learning, Challenge Based Learning. Folks argue about semantics and the purity of the ideas, but the philosophy I subscribe to is the authenticity piece. In my interpretation, all of these concepts (should) share the idea of genuine curiosity on the the part of the student. While some iterations are projects inspired by the teacher's imagination, truly powerful (fill-in-the-blank)-Based-Learning stem from a question or challenge that the students are actively wish to explore. And as much as we try, teachers can't force or fake real student curiosity.

February 01, 2014

Digging into Digital Learning Day!

While the goal is celebrating digital learning every day in schools, February 5th is a day to bring special awareness to those educators who might not feel as comfortable infusing tech to teaching. So what can you do to support digital learning (day) and increase digital learning opportunities this Wednesday (and every day)? Here are some quick wins and easy ideas.

January 25, 2014

Gold-Medal Learning: Teaching With the Winter Olympics

Will you be watching the Winter Olympics with your students? Even more - will you use this as a teaching opportunity?

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