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Cultivating Passion – 2 Key Distinctions

This weekend we're hosting the first in a series of webinars for our community of fellows. We know that passion is a key component of innovating to save the world, and we're obsessed with figuring out how schools can help kids cultivate their passions more...

TBT: Valuing process over product

Now that the new school year is underway, I have to keep reminding myself about how to start over. I'm back in the same room teaching the same big ideas, but my students are all novices, starting at ground zero. It seems especially important, then, for me to...

Making interdisciplinary projects work — concepts are the key!

Everything I read these days points to the need for an interdisciplinary approach to learning. It's touted to boost engagement and bring coherence to the otherwise jolty school experience most kids endure each day. My favorite rationale for interdisciplinary work is...

21st Century Learning: Don’t Dump the Disciplines

I'm enrolled in a couple online workshops to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Program and yesterday had to watch the this Tedx Talk by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs who asserts that the current curriculum is preparing kids for 1992. It's a fairly short talk...

Cultivating Thinking in the Disciplines

Knowledge does not fall from the sky. Someone discovers it! There are complex processes that are essential to the functioning of each discipline -- and they take years to cultivate! How do we help students to build their understanding and use of these processes? Dr....

Being, Thinking and Doing in the Post-Industrial Era

Here at Ed to Save the World, we push for a Post-Industrial Era framework to transform teaching and learning. But it's not just about teaching and learning. It's a whole new way of being, thinking and doing. What does that mean? Being Goals: Creative Passionate...

Best. High school course. Ever.

Due to my husband's job, we move around a lot. Like to West Africa and South America. So I thought it would be a good idea to get to know the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. I've been reading about the course called Theory of Knowledge and I went to observe...

Throwback Thursday: Discipline Their Minds

Imagine the following classroom assignment: Explain the causes and impacts of the Great Influenza outbreak of 1918 Photo credit:http://www.jhsph.edu/sebin/f/l/bluedeath1.jpg If we want to save the world, we need to learn to prevent (or at least very effectively treat)...

Selling the problem (not just the solution)

For many of us, the transformation of our schools cannot happen fast enough. We look out a world where we can find out what caused the War of 1812 or why adding salt to water makes it boil hotter with a 10-second Google search, where we can teach ourselves to knit or...

Check this out: Institute for Humane Education

We are so excited to have met the great people who run the Institute for Humane Education. Founder Zoe Weil reached out to us and said, "Hey, we should connect." We read their vision and found it incredibly similar to ours, almost down to the word! We spoke with Zoe...

Think about: Earth Day everyday!

This past Wednesday was Earth Day, and people around the globe celebrated the occasion by raising awareness of major issues affecting our planet - climate change, air and water pollution, natural resource management. At my husband's school (he teaches math), kids...

Throwback Thursday: But we have to focus on “the test”…

 Many of us are in the throes of testing season, and with many schools implementing the new CCSS aligned tests for the first time, it is bound to be a month of fret and anxiety. I remember administrators at my previous school declaring "no field trips in April"...

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