This post originally appeared on Corwin Connect. WHAT IF WE COULD TRULY DO SCHOOL DIFFERENTLY? Picture a fifth grader who has identified animals as one of her passions. She has chosen to work on the problem of endangered species and make recommendations for improving the situation. Monday morning starts off with a Skype conference call with an… Continue reading Impact the World: Strategies for Transferring Learning
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Once you have a beautifully written statement of conceptual relationships, or even if you don't(!), you can still be a concept-based teacher if you follow this simple advice: Much like Optimus Prime transforms himself from a semi-truck to an all-powerful robot leader, you can transform your curriculum from a pile of information into powerful insights… Continue reading TBT: Transform your classroom in 8 words or less!
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
Educators today seem to be faced with a choice: Keep teaching centuries-old ways of organizing the world through traditional disciplines such as math, science and music or throw it all out in favor of innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills. OR It is a false choice. Maybe it's even paralyzing us and therefore not allowing change.… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: How to Honor Einstein, Mandela, and Steve Jobs
I teach history, which means I teach a fair amount of research. I ask students to engage in short-term web-based research in class on their iPads to introduce them to a new unit, and often ask them to find articles to answer an essential question at home for homework. In my 9th and 11th grade… Continue reading Teaching research skills in the 21st century
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 as well as Executive Director Sarah… Continue reading Check this out: Institute for Humane Education
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 spent the majority of the day performing direct service in the name of the planet. They… Continue reading Think about: Earth Day everyday!
Although we seldom talk about them on the blog, our husbands are big supporters and contributors to Ed to Save the World. All three of them have backgrounds in education and their advice, expertise, and humor are invaluable to our operation. This week, we're proud to feature Craig Ferraro's "Statistical Servants," which refers to the big… Continue reading Using Math to Save the World
In his book Out of Our Minds, Sir Ken Robinson challenges readers to "shift…from fixing what we have towards creating the public education system we need." So we decided to take on the challenge. What might a school look like that was created from scratch, based on what we need? Let’s start with the story of a… Continue reading Imagine What School Could Be…Part 2