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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses. Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to … Continue reading How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning →

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive … Continue reading Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning →

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control

For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral … Continue reading Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control →

How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests

For David Preston, the term “open source learning” — a variation on inquiry learning or passion-based learning —  is about helping students choose their own learning path, an approach that already has some well-known champions among educators. “When I think of ‘open source,’ it isn’t about software, but thermodynamic systems,” said Preston, who currently teaches … Continue reading How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests →

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

Nearly seven years after first opening its doors, the Science Leadership Academy public magnet high school* in Philadelphia and its inquiry-based approach to learning have become a national model for the kinds of reforms educators strive towards. But in a talk this past weekend at EduCon 2.5, the school’s sixth-annual conference devoted to sharing its … Continue reading Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble →

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all … Continue reading How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? →

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t

Screenshot/High Tech High The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called “project-oriented learning.” And it’s quite different from project-based learning, according to … Continue reading What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t →

Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

By Anne Jolly Excited and inspired about the subjects they teach, math and science educators ideally want their classrooms to dive into real-world challenges. But they’re faced with the predictable realities of the school day when designing their curriculum. Each year, students seem to lose interest as the subjects become more difficult and abstract. “And … Continue reading Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training? →

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 →

Three Things to Unlearn About Learning

flickr:CDsessums “If you’re not feeling uncomfortable about the state of education right now, then you’re not paying attention to the pressures and challenges of technology,” said Will Richardson, a veteran educator author and consultant, at a talk at ISTE 2012. “We need to acknowledge that this is a very interesting moment, and even though in … Continue reading Three Things to Unlearn About Learning →

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