News and Trends, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, wellness

What does #metoo mean for schools?

(This blog was originally published on Share My Lesson) Recent revelations of sexual misconduct from public figures may feel very personal to you. Or it may seem far removed from the incredible demands on your time and attention. Chances are, you want to do something but feel that you simply can’t do much with this issue. What can we… Continue reading What does #metoo mean for schools?

Ed2S Fellows, News and Trends, Uncategorized

What’s next for Ed2S?

Well, we haven't written in quite some time -- we've been busy! We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of our first two books: Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding. The secondary edition will be out in January and the elementary edition out in August by Corwin Press. These books extend the great work of Dr.… Continue reading What’s next for Ed2S?

Ed2S Fellows, News and Trends, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Testing and Assessments

Should we teach students to embrace failure?

Today's post was written by a 2015 Ed2Save Fellow, Jessie Mouw. Her Fellow's Project is to promote and redefine the importance of failure as a natural and important part of the learning process. Her words follow:  The Case for Failure-Friendly Schools      Failure has become the subject of much consideration in roughly the last decade, as… Continue reading Should we teach students to embrace failure?

News and Trends, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Can we realistically help kids cultivate their passions?

The most popular Ted Talk of all time is one of Ken Robinson's where he argues that schools kill creativity. His popular books, The Element and Finding Your Element also talk about how traditional schooling often gets in the way of students finding their passions. According to Robinson, your element is the point where your… Continue reading Can we realistically help kids cultivate their passions?

News and Trends, Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Testing and Assessments

What does differentiation really mean?

Lately, and rightly so, there seems to be a lot of buzz around differentiation, personalized learning, personalization, individualization... and many folks are trying to distinguish among them. The MAJOR distinction, it seems, is whether or not the goals of students remain the same for all students. Although we at Ed to Save the World hope for… Continue reading What does differentiation really mean?

News and Trends, Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

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 but full of ideas and suggestions such as more authentic assessments… Continue reading 21st Century Learning: Don’t Dump the Disciplines

Influential Thinkers, News and Trends, Testing and Assessments

Must Read Monday: A World At-Risk

Emulating the style of a famous report published 30 years ago called A Nation at Risk, Yong Zhao urges us to stop tweaking education and overhaul it. “History is not kind to idlers” (National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983, p.1). It is even crueler to reckless reformers who keep fiddling with the past to… Continue reading Must Read Monday: A World At-Risk

News and Trends, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

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 it last week. The purpose… Continue reading Best. High school course. Ever.

News and Trends, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

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 program computers via YouTube,… Continue reading Selling the problem (not just the solution)

News and Trends

Must Read Monday: Re-thinking Mother’s Day

Happy (belated) Mother's Day! Parents are our first, and most significant, teachers. They shape who we are, what we value, and how we see ourselves in the world more than any single elementary, middle, or high school instructor. Which means, moms, we cannot transform education without you! In honor of Mother's Day, check out "Time… Continue reading Must Read Monday: Re-thinking Mother’s Day