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August 29, 2016

The first question about Common Core Standards has been answered: What will they look like? The answer is: Very different. The internationally benchmarked standards will emphasize creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, presentation and demonstration, problem solving, research and inquiry, and career readiness. The second question is more challenging: How will we teach these new standards? For … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

I emphasize the term ‘high quality’ PBL for two reasons. First, many educators still equate PBL with ‘doing projects,’ ‘hands on’ learning, or ‘activities.’ This is an industrial holdover from the time when projects were designed as an antidote to lecture or a respite from seat time, as a culminating opportunity for students to finally … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

Albert Einstein nailed it: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly educational system or continue to tinker at the margins of school. So far, we’re not showing much out of the box thinking. The Common Core is … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

Meeting Common Core Standards requires more emphasis on inquiry and project based learning (PBL.) Increasingly, in the 2012 -2013 school year, teachers will be asked to design and implement high quality, student-focused projects that help students go deeper into subjects, think harder, and perform better. Teachers with experience in ‘doing projects’ often feel that they know how … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

Not every student needs to prepare for a Google-like workplace. And, as popular as STEM is presently, most students don’t want to become software engineers or scientists. But every student, in any job, will collaborate as a member of a team. I once talked with a student who told me he wanted to be a … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 29, 2016

Over the past decade and a half, I’ve seen how well executed project based learning (PBL) can provide a joyful learning experience for students. Joy is not our number one standard, I realize, but when projects offer the right mix of challenge, engagement, and personalized support, blended with a motivating, meaningful learning experience that reaches … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 16, 2016

The news coming in about neuroplasticity—the finding that the brain changes dramatically in response to experience—continues to amaze scientists and intrigue the general public. But the news hasn’t yet impacted education, partly because the gap between teaching methods and neuroscience can’t yet be bridged, and partly because our profession, though relying on the brain more than … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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August 16, 2016

Looking cautiously round, to ascertain that they were not overheard, the two hags cowered nearer to the fire, and chuckled heartily.

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August 16, 2016

It’s a cliché to say that change comes too rapidly now for us to keep up, but clichés exist for one good reason: They’re true. In the case of education—an industry that claims to

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August 13, 2016

Teachers in a rural southeast Michigan high school were recently discussing the odd behavior of the senior class. It seems the 12th graders were acting more civilly toward the junior class in the hallways. The prom was also quieter and more well-mannered than in previous years. More perplexing, prom was over, it was mid-May, and … Continue reading "Building a New Ecosystem for Old Learning"

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