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Imagine What School Could Be…Part 2

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

Stage 2: Active Processing

Ready-to-go Resources for the Thinking Classroom

Everyone loves a printable!  Check out these two ready-to-go resources for active processing. 1. Choose Your Own Adventure Graphic Organizer Need a way to help kids process the relationship between ideas or concepts in your class?  Try asking students to choose which graphic organizer best fits those ideas.  Are you discussing two ideas that are… Continue reading Ready-to-go Resources for the Thinking Classroom

Stage 2: Active Processing

Trending: Google Classroom

Sometimes technology in education leads to teachers exclaiming, “This is awesome! I can’t wait to use it. This is a game changer!” And sometimes technology in education leads to teachers wondering, “Is making the textbook digital really that big of deal?  Kids are just reading on the screen instead of on the page.  Oh and… Continue reading Trending: Google Classroom

Ed2S Fellows, Stage 2: Active Processing

Fellows Update: Active Processing in Action

Today's post comes from Ayo Magwood, an Ed2Save Fellow and amazing high school social studies teacher at the Maret School. What do you do to ensure that the learners are doing the “heavy lifting”? Despite having taught for over a decade, I still struggle with getting off the stage and ensuring that my learners are doing the "heavy… Continue reading Fellows Update: Active Processing in Action

Influential Thinkers

#6 David Conley – Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core

David Conley opens his most recent book Getting Ready for College, Careers, and Common Core with this paragraph: Teachers want students to learn.  It’s one of the most basic reasons people go into teaching, and it’s certainly one of the basic expectations society has of teachers.   However, supporting students to learn requires more than presenting… Continue reading #6 David Conley – Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core

Stage 2: Active Processing

Active Processing in Action

What does it look like to ask very young students to actively process their learning? The students below are in 1st Grade. They have selected words that were pasted around the room and are sorting them into long a, i, o and u sounds. They also walked around and corrected any errors made by their peers.   … Continue reading Active Processing in Action

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: Google EdTech

Google, google everywhere, but not an app to sync! Okay couldn’t resist making an Ancient Mariner allusion, but to be honest that’s how it feels sometimes. There’s so much education technology out there, but how do we actually start integrating it in our classroom?  What works and what is just “so cool” hype? Here’s a… Continue reading How I Innovate: Google EdTech

Stage 2: Active Processing

Try this: correct misconceptions

Here's an important truth: If we don't address students' preconceptions about topics directly they will likely continue to walk around with partial understanding or misunderstanding. Period. End of story.  The first principle from How Students Learn: Students come to the classroom with preconceptions about how the world works. If their initial understanding is not engaged, they may… Continue reading Try this: correct misconceptions

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Try This: Redesign Your Space in the New Year

If we build it, they will come  -  innovative collaborators that is. This January take a few minutes to pause and think about how your space is influencing learning. Is the space set-up to help students work collaboratively?  Are there resources to fuel inquiry?  Is there a way for students explore problems across the disciplines… Continue reading Try This: Redesign Your Space in the New Year