Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Throwback Thursday: How to Honor Einstein, Mandela, and Steve Jobs

Educators today seem to be faced with a choice: Keep teaching centuries-old ways of organizing the world through traditional disciplines such as math, science and music or throw it all out in favor of innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills.  OR It is a false choice. Maybe it's even paralyzing us and therefore not allowing change.… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: How to Honor Einstein, Mandela, and Steve Jobs

News and Trends

Trending: Advancing Humanity

A couple years ago when we decided to name this blog Education to Save the World, we were worried that many people would write us off as too idealistic, naive or otherwise not-to-be-taken seriously. But we feel certain that learning via solving some of the world's toughest challenges is the best way to educate for… Continue reading Trending: Advancing Humanity

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

How I Innovate: Capturing Inspiring Projects

Happy Halloween!  Last night I had the amazing opportunity to see a proud group of middle school students publicly display their work to a crowd numbering in the hundreds.  I was too wrapped up in experience to do a great job documenting their work. Luckily for me, High Tech High has done an outstanding job capturing… Continue reading How I Innovate: Capturing Inspiring Projects

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Do you sometimes (accidentally) sabotage learning?

In my first years as a teacher, I spent hours and hours preparing for each lesson plan...and we should make sure they are very carefully thought out! But I've changed the questions that I ask myself when planning. I used to think... What information or skills do I need to convey to the students? What… Continue reading Do you sometimes (accidentally) sabotage learning?

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

3 Shifts Toward Collaborative Innovators

Last week we painted a picture of school in stage 5 of our framework, where students are truly becoming collaborative innovators who tackle the real-world problems. This week we present the 3 shifts schools, and in turn teachers and students, must take to get there. We'll introduce them here today and then zoom in on… Continue reading 3 Shifts Toward Collaborative Innovators