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February 2, 2020

Big questions leave us uneasy, so we invent workarounds, particularly in education, where the goal is to control outcomes. The brain works like a computer, so we simply need to change the input codes. Intelligence can be dissected and tested. Deep behaviors such as empathy and curiosity can be fostered through ‘strategies.’ Pretty much, we’re … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

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November 14, 2019

Watching fourth graders working in a team on a creative PBL science project (Their problem to solve: Educate parents and community about how common devices like TV’s and phones rely on wave technology.) reminded me that great project based learning aims to produce brightness. That’s a non-evidence-based term unrelated to the repetitive mantra of more rigor. Brightness … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

November 2, 2019

The great fiction that a teacher today has become a ‘guide on the side’ is now hardwired into nearly every conversation about the future of teaching and learning. Teachers don’t deliver information any longer; they act as co-constructivists and facilitators, sitting shoulder to shoulder with students. Why raise objections to this new narrative? First, it’s … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

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April 8, 2019

I’ll start with two stories that tell us what we need to know about the future of education. First, Greta Thunberg, climate activist, potential Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and 16-year-old Swedish student, went viral with these words: “What am I going to learn in school? Facts don’t matter anymore, politicians aren’t listening to the scientists, … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

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March 10, 2018

Project Based Learning (PBL) has reached escape velocity. The small movement that began in the U.S. twenty years ago is rapidly becoming the teaching method of choice (and the hot topic of discussion) in virtually every country. There is a simple reason for the ascendance: In an information-driven world that values an individual’s ability to … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

December 3, 2017

Observing a group of students conversing deeply as a team, checking resources on a Chromebook, presenting solutions to a problem in a project, or responding to open ended questions, you might ask yourself: What the heck is going on? Is this learning? In times past, this was an easy question to answer. Traditional, recognizable elements … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

September 13, 2017

Rolling out project based learning in the classroom can be compared to the game of golf. It’s possible to duffer around the greens, shoot over 100, and still have a great time. The players enjoy the recreation and everyone feels successful at the end. It’s also possible to play tournament golf, where every stroke matters. … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

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August 20, 2017

In very personal terms, I would like to describe why I started life as a PBL pioneer and founded PBL Global, a very small company focused on a very large task: To offer to teachers in every country an inspired vision and a set of concrete tools for awakening the 1.3 billion children on the … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

July 26, 2017

To paraphrase from another source, it can be said that there are two kinds of educators: Those who are behind the curve and those who know they are behind the curve. That’s not a knock on anybody. Society is reinventing itself so quickly that education cannot possibly keep up. For those Superintendents, Principals, and others … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

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May 28, 2017

When I worked for the Buck Institute for Education in the early 2000’s, we held endless staff meetings probing the distinction between project based learning and problem based learning. It was a necessary discussion at that point in the evolution of PBL. Many of BIE’s early offerings centered around problem based units in Economics, and … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"

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