The Best Ideas for Our Schools This past week I was fortunate to attend the NASSP 2012 Annual Conference as a presenter, 2012 Digital Principal Award recipient, and most importantly a learner. On Friday morning I attended a session facilitated by Dr. Gary Stager, a progressive educator whose work I have come to know over the past couple of years. Gary’s message is one that resonates with me and many other educators who frequent digital spaces. High Tech High and Networks of Ideas : Mindworkers Posted on | July 10, 2012 | Comments Off High Tech High and Author Reflected Today I published a long-in-the-works case study of High Tech High, the collection of schools in San Diego County that follow the same design and operating principles. Each of the 11 HTH schools is small, a maximum of 125 students per grade, and personalized. Each of the schools follows a project-based curriculum that requires students to make connections to the adult world, through projects and internships that are critical in helping students set their sights higher and aim toward college. Each of the schools follows what the school calls a “common intellectual mission” integrating head and hand.
About Hi A real-time writing community. Capture. Write. Publish. Capture Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school. Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world. And yet the old Mark Twain chestnut — "I never let school get in the way of my education" — speaks to the core of my own thinking regarding education.
What’s the Best Way to Practice Project Based Learning? By Peter Skillen Project Based Learning can mean different things to different people, and can be practiced in a variety of ways. For educators who want to dive in, the good news is that a rich trove of resources are available. HI From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia HI or Hi may refer to: Arts and entertainment Businesses and brands “We Don’t Need No Stink’n Textbooks” #Beyondthetextbook March 20, 2012 by tomwhitby In order for educators to teach kids, they need something to teach. Exactly what it is that educators should teach has often been discussed and continues to be the focus of ongoing discussions for over many generations. The delivery of that content, in regard to what to teach, has never been of great concern, because the bulk of it came in the form of text, delivered in a book called the textbook. In the 50’s the education pioneers introduced film strips, 16mm films, and recordings to supplement the textbooks.
Wheaton High to model project-based learning for Montgomery County schools This is project-based learning, where educational instruction moves away from a traditional academic setting to an active classroom that encourages collaboration and communication among students. As the Montgomery County Public Schools system plans to replace the Wheaton High School building in Silver Spring, officials aren’t just aiming for physical classroom overhauls. They’re also planning to redesign the curriculum, expanding a project-based learning environment that will resemble adult work settings and real-life situations. It is part of a larger quest to “redefine the school” and prepare students for “21st century education,” Schools Superintendent Joshua P.
Schools Are Prisons Driving into a school parking lot recently, I noticed a tagger had just decorated the school wall with the message, “Schools are Prisons.” I have seen messages like this prior, but this time it sent me musing why taggers do not write, “Schools are Playgrounds,” “Schools are Museums,” or “Schools are Great Places to be.” I tried to place myself in the mind of the tagger and think how he or she was thinking. Why are schools like a prison? The answer came so easily. Think about it yourself. Project-Based Learning Professional Development Guide An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for teaching how to use project-based learning in the classroom. Edutopia.org's Project-Based Learning professional development guide can be used for a two- to three-hour session, or expanded for a one- to two-day workshop, and is divided into two parts. Part one is a guided process, designed to give participants a brief introduction to project-based learning (PBL), and answers the questions "Why is PBL important?", "What is PBL about?", and "How does PBL work?" Part two assigns readings and activities for experiential PBL.
Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. UPDATE: Cool. This post was nominated and made the shortlist for Most Influential Post of 2012 by edublog. I’m really honored! What if the earth moves and the sun is at rest? Pilot Profile: The Menlo School Editor’s note: This week, Stephanie Chang gives us an overview of the making happening at The Menlo School, one of the MENTOR Makerspace pilot schools in 2012-13. Dr. James Dann (pictured right) and his students in his Applied Science Research (ASR) class have exhibited at Maker Faire for the past five years. James asked to join our network only if he would not take this space of another school just starting out, and if we felt that what he has learned running the ASR class would be valuable to our other pilot schools.