Ed2S Fellows

Join us in discovering the next frontier of schooling

Do you dream of busting out of the factory model of education? Become an Ed to Save the World Fellow and push the boundaries of how we teach and learn! July 6 - 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. Click here for the application or email julie@edtosavetheworld.com for more information.

Stage 3: Critical Thinking

Teaching research skills in the 21st century

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

Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 3: Critical Thinking

The Power of Making Connections

We have all tried to teach students to make connections between things that have obvious connections. But what about between things that don't have obvious connections? In his book Brain Rules, expert John Medina talks about a six-year study of more than 3,000 innovative company executives published in 2009. One of the biggest common factors… Continue reading The Power of Making Connections

Stage 3: Critical Thinking

An entire critical thinking curriculum in one booklet

Most of our blog posts about critical thinking borrow ideas and resources from the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and this one is no exception. If somehow you have missed the classroom-ready organizers, handouts, rubrics, and strategies from our previous posts, fear not. They are ALL essentially compiled in this PDF of "The Aspiring Thinker's Guide… Continue reading An entire critical thinking curriculum in one booklet

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

The problem with objectives

In their new book, Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction authors Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning outline the steps necessary to create and implement a concept-based curriculum. The first chapter outlines why traditional content objectives are problematic. This almost seems heretical considering how much emphasis standards documents and schools place on objectives. But their logic… Continue reading The problem with objectives

Influential Thinkers

#13 Dr. Lisa Delpit

As we think about transforming our schools to meet the demands of the 21st century, it is imperative that we consider this shift through the lens of equity.  The changes that the experts in this series have discussed are changes that are needed throughout our educational system.  In many ways, however, it can be most… Continue reading #13 Dr. Lisa Delpit

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

Influential Thinkers

#4 Tony Wagner – Creating Innovators

It used to be that we could rely on an education system that created innovators by accident.  People that changed the world with new ideas were the exception, not the rule.  In his book Creating Innovators, Tony Wagner argues we can no longer afford this approach to doing school.   Developing young people who can… Continue reading #4 Tony Wagner – Creating Innovators

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Think about: Becoming vs. Learning

What if learning isn’t the goal of school? In an Edweek article that sure to rock all of our boats, Marc Prensky argues: “The real goal of education, and of school, is becoming—becoming a "good" person and becoming a more capable person than when you started. Learning is nothing but a means of accomplishing that… Continue reading Think about: Becoming vs. Learning

Stage 2: Active Processing

Think about…synectics

As we focus on active processing this week, consider the power of analogy in the creative thinking process. That is exactly what George Prince and William J. J. Gordon, two pioneers of synectic thinking, did. Although their work centers mainly on structures to facilitate creativity and innovation during group meetings, much of it applies to… Continue reading Think about…synectics