June 29, 2020
When 58 million children simultaneously experience freedom, discover learning through the lens of passion and purpose to be exciting and engaging, turn kindness and empathy into a viral event in response to a global airstrike for human rights, and consume daily reports of urgent future challenges to their survival, their collective psyche shifts and behaviors … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
April 26, 2020
Orthodoxy, risk reduction, and safe ‘standards’ are over. What’s next? Go beyond PBL! Like the Berlin Wall, the edifice of education disappeared overnight. 1.52 billion young people have been sent from the classroom and are learning, unlearning, or doing something at home. This is an amazing geological event, like the end of the Ice Age. … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
March 25, 2020
It’s not just an online moment for education. Something bigger has happened. Industrial schooling is officially over. Perhaps it doesn’t appear so. Teachers have done amazing work to rapidly load brick and mortar lessons onto digital platforms, set up class schedules, organize methods to collect homework, and busily teach at a distance. It’s assumed that … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
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 "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
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 "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
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 "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
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 "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
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 "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
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 "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"
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 "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"