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February 18, 2017

The problem with the 21st century is that it won’t stand still. Just when the goal came into focus—get students ready to be ‘globally competitive’ and prepare them for ‘tomorrow’s world’ by teaching problem solving, collaboration, communication, and design skills—the planet decides to accelerate into its next phase. A confluence of events is laying this bare. … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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January 21, 2017

I’ve worked at over 350 schools—public, private, and charter—and with more than 6000 teachers in the past fifteen years. Perhaps it’s quaint in a post-truth world, but I have ‘experience’ and a certain number of ‘facts to share. First, congratulations to President Trump and presumptive Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, for putting education front and … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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January 13, 2017

It’s always been of interest to me that an IQ test for students in 1910 contained questions such as this: What is the relationship between a dog and rabbit? Even more interesting is the correct answer at the time: Dogs chase rabbits. In 2016, such an answer would qualify the test taker for one of those scientific … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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November 6, 2016

Like other aspects of modern life, education can make the head hurt. So many outcomes, so much important work to do, so many solutions and strategies, so many variations on teaching, so many different kinds of students with so many different needs, so many unknowns in preparing for 21st Century life and the endless list of … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

Imagine this scenario. All 50 states approve the Common Core State Standards and, in an unprecedented burst of transnational cooperation, 50 other countries adopt the same standards. Miraculously, the world now operates according to a single set of learning outcomes. The media reports an astounding development: A resolution co-sponsored by the U.S., China, and Finland … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

Master teachers are usually measured by their ability to deliver high quality instruction and manage classrooms so that every child learns. These basics apply to project based learning (PBL) as well, but I have found that successful PBL teachers must possess a more diverse—and demanding—set of skills to make project based work effective. I call … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

So far, the challenges of transforming education into a system capable of inspiring students to become skillful, creative, knowledgeable problem solvers fall into familiar territory: What types of curriculum, standards, skills, strategies, and adaptations to classroom teaching methods will be necessary to pull even with the 21st century? But it’s likely these will prove to … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

To experts in the field of human performance, there is no mystery as to why PBL succeeds—or doesn’t. Three decades of research has established the factors that maximize individual effort and the desire to achieve: Caring relationships. Whether growing up in a household, studying in school, or working in a job, people perform better when … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

Worldwide, 2014 will be a crucial year for education. Every system, in every country, is in the process of figuring out how to reboot education to teach skills, application, and attitude in addition to recall and understanding. Helping students be 21st century ready—to be able to grapple with increased problem solving and inquiry, be better … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

I don’t believe that we have yet tapped the true power of project based learning. Right now, PBL is still kind of a cool way to address standards and, too often these days, is simply coverage by another name. But its ultimate benefit is to help students think, learn, and operate in the new century … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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