Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, wellness

A Cure for Bad-News Fatigue

(This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson). Has anyone else been having trouble sleeping since the school shooting in Florida? Every single life lost before its time is a tragedy. For many of us, this one feels… different. Perhaps it’s the fact that we had three mass shootings so close together. Or that it… Continue reading A Cure for Bad-News Fatigue

News and Trends, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, wellness

What does #metoo mean for schools?

(This blog was originally published on Share My Lesson) Recent revelations of sexual misconduct from public figures may feel very personal to you. Or it may seem far removed from the incredible demands on your time and attention. Chances are, you want to do something but feel that you simply can’t do much with this issue. What can we… Continue reading What does #metoo mean for schools?

wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Five steps to tranquility

Do your efforts to live a less hectic life sometimes look like this? Although it's a continuous effort to get better, I think the last few years have been a turning point for me -- so I thought I'd share what I've learned about living with more calm and tranquility. #1 (and #2 and #3!): Simplify. Start… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Five steps to tranquility

Stage 1: Adult Learning and Leadership

Think about: making a living vs. making a life

Thirteen year old Logan LaPlante asks a couple very important questions in his Ted talk. "What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy?"  He quotes Dr. Roger Walsh who said: "Much of education is oriented toward making a living rather than making a life."  And I think the… Continue reading Think about: making a living vs. making a life

Stage 3: Critical Thinking

Think about…egocentric tendencies

We all want our students to be better thinkers, right? But do we practice what we hope to see in them? We agree with the Foundation for Critical Thinking's assertion that: "Humans typically create thought that is vague, fragmented, contradictory, egocentric, sociocentric and lacking in foundational insights. This is so because the natural state of… Continue reading Think about…egocentric tendencies

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Try this: Purposeful Play

If you're like me, you often struggle with bringing joy into the classroom in a way that doesn't feel like it's wasting time away from academic work. A popular strategy is playing a game that reviews previously learned content in preparation for a test or quiz. But what if we thought about the time spent… Continue reading Try this: Purposeful Play

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: Child Birth Assistance

Here at Ed to Save the World we celebrate "status quo challengers", people who ask, "Is there a more just, sustainable or healthier way to do this?" Today's innovator does just that with the act of child birth. Mary Beth Harris is a birth assistant. Her words follow.  Being a Birth Assistant is a not… Continue reading How I Innovate: Child Birth Assistance

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: Wilderness Leadership & Learning

Today we feature Steve Abraham, founder of Wilderness Leadership and Learning, Inc. His words follow: Wilderness Leadership & Learning, Inc. (WILL), a DC based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a twelve month holistic experiential learning, youth leadership and life skills development program. The vision for WILL was conceived by founder and President Steve Abraham during a… Continue reading How I Innovate: Wilderness Leadership & Learning

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

School’s Out For Summer

It’s the end of the school year and we’re pretty sure as the bell rang on the last day your students were singing something like this: Of course it’s not just kids who were excited for summer.   A few hours (and disassembled bulletin boards later), teachers might have looked something like this: We all… Continue reading School’s Out For Summer

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Who is doing this work (or close to it) right now?

Are there any schools or programs out there that are engaging students as innovative problem solvers who will change the world? The answer is yes! The brightest spot (that we currently know about) started with an 8th grade science teacher, Rich Lehrer in Massachusetts. The Global Efficient Cookstove Education Project teams up middle school students… Continue reading Who is doing this work (or close to it) right now?