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Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators’ teaching practice, this moment might be a good time to pull back and think about some big-picture ideals, too. Here are a few to consider. 1.   INFUSE PASSION INTO LEARNING. … Continue reading Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom →

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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? It’s an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global … Continue reading How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory →

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Lessons Learned: How a Progressive New School Adapts to Realities

When we envision a well-rounded, progressive education for our kids, we think of a vibrant environment that nurtures students’ passions, provides structure for rich and deep learning, a place where kids can get their hands on projects that are meaningful to them. That’s the goal at Brightworks, a small, K-12 private school just starting its … Continue reading Lessons Learned: How a Progressive New School Adapts to Realities →

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Do All Of Us Possess Genius?

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, remarks on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. How can we extend this idea to school-aged kids? This talk, part of the TED … Continue reading Do All Of Us Possess Genius? →

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Adam Savage: Permission to Make

MythBusters host Adam Savage has a thing or two to say about the importance of tinkering — even if that means it gets messy. “If you don’t get a chance to fail, if you don’t get a chance to try things and not get them right the first time, and you keep on doing it … Continue reading Adam Savage: Permission to Make →

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Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer … Continue reading Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids? →

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A Case for Lifelong Kindergarten

Flickr:wwworks Could it be that the best way to learn happens in kindergarten? It’s an intriguing proposition, one that’s being explored at M.I.T. by folks like Mitch Resnick, the creator of the famous computer programming site for beginners called Scratch. Resnick brought up the idea last week at the New York Times’ School for Tomorrow … Continue reading A Case for Lifelong Kindergarten →

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