Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

Often the history of words reveal long-forgotten truths by harkening us back to a deep past before experts parsed the world into small bits, built the complex industry called ‘modern day thought,’ and excluded those aspects of human experience that remain beyond the reach of scientific validation or explanation. The history of words reminds us … Continue reading Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

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Teacher Robots Show Promise for Education

Teacher Robots Show Promise for Education

By Thom Markham FN News Group In a move cheered by education advocates for standardized learning, education officials somewhere announced today that the robotics revolution has finally reached the classroom. In numerous districts across the U.S., teachers will be replaced by highly programmed robots capable of delivering core content and dense packets of fact-based information … Continue reading Teacher Robots Show Promise for Education

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Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

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 … Continue reading Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

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The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

After watching her deeply engaged students and teachers gather in celebration after an inspiring project showcase last fall, a proud elementary school Principal—the new head of a school that had underperformed for years—exclaimed to me: “Every teacher needs to learn how to do this!” In another school, a 6th grade science teacher related how multiples … Continue reading The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

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An Educational Letter to the American Public

An Educational Letter to the American Public

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 An Educational Letter to the American Public

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