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?
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 effectively. Although we don't have it figured out yet, here are… Continue reading Cultivating Passion – 2 Key Distinctions
If you're in the mood for a little inspiration this morning, take a peek at this 2013 Ted Talk from chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam. In it, he reminds us to not confuse technology use with innovation in education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsYHqfk0X2A Flipping your classroom, for instance, so that students watch video lectures at home rather than in… Continue reading Three Rules to Spark Learning
Here's a great August 2013 post from Juliet that resonated with me this morning! The way we work is changing. In Time magazine’s series on the future of work, Seth Godin wrote “Work will mean managing a tribe, creating a movement and operating in teams to change the world.” Say sayonara to cubicles, data entry, and… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Future of Teaching
Ever since the Common Core State Standards were introduced, a barrage of parents, educators, and laymen have taken to social media to voice their discontent. Now, I'm not saying that the standards are a panacea for all that's wrong with American education, and if you read this blog regularly you know that our vision for… Continue reading Why we need to educate parents, too
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
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)
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" because preparing for the big state test… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: But we have to focus on “the test”…
Good morning! Summer is just around the corner and Julie, Juliet and I are busy preparing for our Innovation Summit, which will kick off the 2015-16 Fellowship this July in Washington, DC. We can't wait to re-charge and re-inspire ourselves by working with our awesome Fellows! Thinking about applying to join us as a Fellow? Consider… Continue reading The Fellowship Countdown!