Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

Supercharge Your Classroom in 5 Steps

This blog first appeared on Corwin Connect. Education researcher John Hattie’s ground-breaking research about the factors that influence student achievement gives us much to think about in terms of our habits and practices. It helps us to prioritize initiatives, counteract negative influences, and get rid of practices – such as retaining students – that show little evidence… Continue reading Supercharge Your Classroom in 5 Steps

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Big Questions, Big Solutions

How do we empower students to handle complexity -- and change the world? This question has always been at the heart of our work. And we continue to develop and refine resources that show us the way. In the craziness of the last week (I did three days of trainings in Australia, then a workshop… Continue reading Big Questions, Big Solutions

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 3: Critical Thinking, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

Teaching for Transfer

In an increasingly complicated world, it is essential that we honor the research-rich past and harness children’s natural curiosity as we look to the future. How do we move beyond surface learning to reach deeper comprehension? What strategies help students make connections between ideas and use their learning to unlock new situations? This webinar shares… Continue reading Teaching for Transfer

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

This post first appeared on Corwin Connect. On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, making outer space the next battleground of the Cold War. It also sent a shockwave through the American public that demanded improvements in U.S. schools. With current tensions with North Korea, a renewed civil rights battle, and incomprehensible tragedies like… Continue reading 3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Try this: Go paperless

Looking for ways to make your classroom more joyful and efficient? Want to model world-changing practices for your students? Join me in a little challenge: go paperless! Drawing inspiration from yesterday's march for the climate in New York, I'm giving myself until the end of the semester to completely eliminate paper from my classroom...and I hope… Continue reading Try this: Go paperless

News and Trends

The Future of College

First, a few stats: The average U.S. college graduate in 2014 carried $33,000 of debt. Average tuition fees, adjusted for inflation, rose by 20% between 2007 and 2012. 47% of students in America and 28% in Britain who enroll in college do not obtain a diploma. The biggest innovation of higher education in the past… Continue reading The Future of College

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: Google EdTech

Google, google everywhere, but not an app to sync! Okay couldn’t resist making an Ancient Mariner allusion, but to be honest that’s how it feels sometimes. There’s so much education technology out there, but how do we actually start integrating it in our classroom?  What works and what is just “so cool” hype? Here’s a… Continue reading How I Innovate: Google EdTech

News and Trends, Stage 3: Critical Thinking

Trending: Google glass in class?

Google is expected to release its latest tech advance to general audiences later this year: the wearable computer. It's basically a mini android computer mounted on an eyeglass frame, which allows the wearer to project a computer "screen" onto his or her field of vision. Glass users can ask for directions, translate a conversation in… Continue reading Trending: Google glass in class?

Stage 2: Active Processing

Active processing in action: Using technology to track student thinking

We started this week with some thoughts about the current data-driven culture of education, and yesterday we were reminded of the importance of tackling student misconceptions head-on. We came away from these posts with two key principles: Data is only useful when it guides instruction. Learning is most effective when we uncover and address students'… Continue reading Active processing in action: Using technology to track student thinking

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Peer Relationships: Their Lives Depend On Them

I always understood that my relationships with students would reduce the number of discipline problems, increase motivation and ultimately learning. But -- WOW -- I wish I had known more about the importance of student-to-student relationships when I first started teaching. I never spent much time on the anti-bullying craze not because I didn't think… Continue reading Peer Relationships: Their Lives Depend On Them