This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”—Preamble to the… Continue reading 3 Profound Questions to Strengthen Democracy
Welcome back to school, and back to Ed to Save the World! Although January marks the midpoint of most educators' calendars, it's nice to have an opportunity to regroup, refresh, and start anew as 2015 begins. As for Ed to Save the World, we're jumping back into the swing of things with renewed energy and… Continue reading Kicking off 2015 — We’re Back!
This morning we hear from David S. Baker, student at the Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston, Massachusetts, about his vision for a more just world. David's op-ed is an inspiring example of critical thinking, an interdisciplinary approach to learning, and the power of unleashing student voices. We hope that some of our readers will share… Continue reading Students Speak: How America Should Celebrate Columbus Day
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?
This week we outlined a vision for the importance of authentic assessments. Today's post features David Sengeh, founder of Global Minimum Innovate, which creates platforms for African youth to design, experiment and implement solutions to problems in their communities. It doesn't get more authentic than this. His words follow: The goal of Global… Continue reading How I Innovate: Platforms for African Youth
How I Innovate Today's post features another status quo challenger, Delfina Iervolino. We asked her to share her work with at-risk youth in the Caribbean. Her words below: "The teaching methodology utilized by the OASIS Program stems from a concept by Peña Hen and later by Abreu: a student doesn’t need to be conservatory-proficient in… Continue reading How I Innovate: an Orchestra for At-Risk Youth
Pop Quiz Consider the following problems. (image credits: blogs.telegraph.co.uk, waterhapsody.co.za, autismspeaks.org) Considering these problems, which do you think would be the most important response for our schools? A. More math classes in schools B. More science classes in schools C. More technology use in schools D. More thinking in schools Instead of telling you the… Continue reading What the World Needs Now…
We all know Peter Parker's secret to becoming a totally cool super hero who used smarts, spidey sense, and a little bit of webbing to save his corner of the world: a radioactive spider bite. The funny thing is, what our students need from education isn’t so different from the transformation Peter went through (n.b.… Continue reading Waiting for Spiderman: International Take a Risk in Education Week
Is it just us who notice a sort of gnawing undercurrent in K-12 education today? Most of us are working incredibly hard and want desperately to do right by our students and our communities. But we can't help feeling like we are often just spinning our wheels. For over a decade, the three of us… Continue reading Fair-minded, Collaborative, Passionate Innovators
Wow. Check out this response to a survey we gave today. Survey item: This class helps me discover new ideas. Student comment: Yes, I have learned that a person's first idea is like a diamond in the rough that needs a lot of polishing to be shiny and needs to be well cut for others… Continue reading Ideas are Like Diamonds