Well, we haven't written in quite some time -- we've been busy! We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of our first two books: Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding. The secondary edition will be out in January and the elementary edition out in August by Corwin Press. These books extend the great work of Dr.… Continue reading What’s next for Ed2S?
Today's post was written by a 2015 Ed2Save Fellow, Jessie Mouw. Her Fellow's Project is to promote and redefine the importance of failure as a natural and important part of the learning process. Her words follow: The Case for Failure-Friendly Schools Failure has become the subject of much consideration in roughly the last decade, as… Continue reading Should we teach students to embrace failure?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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
Most schools ask themselves, "Why would kids come to school on a Saturday?" but at Matthew Moss High School in Rochdale, UK, they're asking "Why would they not?" Welcome to the D6 program, profiled in the video below. D6 refers to the 6th day of the week, Saturday, and the opt-in programming offered to students who… Continue reading Must See Monday: Saturday school that works!
Dear Wonderful Ed2S Readers, Your help is needed! I’m working on nailing down a research question for my School Leadership Residency project at High Tech High’s GSE and would love your insights. I’m interested in thinking about how we assess schools. What factors do we currently consider? Do those match with our goals for schools,… Continue reading What Makes a School Successful?
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
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
Think about the last time you took a risk. Did you do a mental inventory of “what’s the worse that could happen?” If I take this new job and it’s a bust, the worst that could happen is..... I end up living in my in-laws basement in Scarsdale and working 10-6 at their local Walgreens.… Continue reading Think about: Safety Nets
What does it look like to ask very young students to actively process their learning? The students below are in 1st Grade. They have selected words that were pasted around the room and are sorting them into long a, i, o and u sounds. They also walked around and corrected any errors made by their peers. … Continue reading Active Processing in Action