Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Build a culture of cooperative learning

“Cooperative learning is an unusually strong psychological success story.” In their article from Educational Researcher, University of Minnesota professors David Johnson & Roger Johnson cite more than 1,200 studies comparing cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning structures, with cooperation emerging the clear winner. The average person in a cooperative learning situation performs two-thirds of a standard… Continue reading Build a culture of cooperative learning

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Throwback Thursday: Imagine What School Could Be

This is probably my all-time favorite post. It comes from May of 2013 and provides such a clear, compelling vision of how different (and exciting, fun, energizing, powerful) school could be if we really push ourselves to transform. I thought about it as I drove to school this morning because I saw this graph posted… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Imagine What School Could Be

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

3 Ways to Build a More Joyful, Efficient Classroom

Most of us are just about a month into the school year, which means the honeymoon phase is over. Grades are in and students have started to feel successful or unsuccessful in the context of our classes. Their "best behavior" has transitioned into limit testing. What happens if I show up late? Will he notice… Continue reading 3 Ways to Build a More Joyful, Efficient Classroom

Stage 1: Adult Learning and Leadership, Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

With our powers combined: collaboration in your classroom

For the past 2.6 million years humans have been working together to face the challenges of our world.  We work together to both survive and innovate constantly building on one another’s ideas.  Yet, how often do we design lessons specifically targeted at building students’ collaboration skills? Even though we have been working together since the… Continue reading With our powers combined: collaboration in your classroom