News It’s the year 2252, ten years after the Great Plague that ran through the Earth’s population, killing millions, and causing the collapse of civilization. Now the Earth has entered a new Dark Age—a time when much of the knowledge from the past has been lost. You are a member of an elite group known as The Reconstructors. You help the People by recovering lost medical knowledge. Your skills are urgently needed because painkillers have almost disappeared.
Innovation Often Means Teaching Against The Grain Innovation Often Means Teaching Against The Grain by Paul Moss Recently I came across this interesting article: Shifting from Pedagogy to Heutagogy and whilst espousing all contained within, it got me thinking about the inescapable perils faced when adopting this and other progressive forms of teaching. Going against the grain can be a lonely experience at times, and whilst sound theory and instinct act as a nice warm blanket against the cold, one could well do with a practical survival guide to assist in implementing new practice. Teachers need to be prepared for the reality of what lies ahead of them to assist in the reshaping of their classrooms, and to ultimately strengthen their resolve in maintaining the chosen epistemology. Most progressive teaching models from Heutagogy, Constructivism, to PBL concern themselves essentially, as much as possible, with placing the process and outcomes of learning in the hands of the learner.
Deeper Learning MOOC (DLMOOC) Weekly course materials and events will be posted shortly before each week begins. Week 1, Week of January 20, 2014 Theme: Introduction to this course; Deeper Learning: What is it, why do we want it, how does it promote student engagement and achievement Week 2, Week of January 27, 2014 Theme: Looking at student work for Deeper Learning Week 3, Week of February 3, 2014 Theme: Students in the adult world: Internships, job shadows Week 4, Week of February 10, 2014 Theme: Personalized Learning, student voice and choice
Teaching certainty Here's how we've organized traditional schooling: You're certain to have these classes tomorrow. The class will certainly follow the syllabus. There will certainly be a test. If you do well on the test, you will certainly go on to the next year. If you do well on the other test, you'll certainly get to go to a famous college. The Overflowing Froth of Realness: Iowa BIG teaching A quick primer on what we do at Iowa BIG: It’s been slow, especially because I’m used to running my own little kingdom of a classroom, but Iowa BIG is bearing the fruit of a community-focused, project-based model. The dream was to create a schooling experience with a seamless connection and sometimes blurred difference between who’s doing the learning and who’s doing the supporting of that learning. As I watch my students move out into the community to pitch their projects and seek support from local experts and interested parties, I can’t help but beam with pride. I woke up this morning to an inbox full of reports and evidence of community building that I had no direct control of: students telling me that they met with local counselors and psychologists that have steered a project on mental health in a totally new direction; I didn’t do that. 300 people gathering to support a student’s long-term study of gender equality this Friday.
How Dissecting a Pencil Can Ignite Curiosity and Wonderment Can the act of making or designing something help kids feel like they have agency over the objects and systems in their lives? That’s the main question a group of researchers at Project Zero, a research group out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, are tackling alongside classroom-based teachers in Oakland, California. In an evolving process, researchers are testing out activities they’ve designed to help students to look more closely, explain more deeply and take on opportunities to change things they see around them.
Project-based learning program comes to Cedar Rapids Community School District By Meryn Fluker, The Gazette Three teachers are preparing to venture into new educational territory with 90 students. This fall will mark the debut of The Roosevelt Option, a project-based learning program for eighth-graders at Roosevelt Middle School in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Principal Autumn Pino, who helped design the framework, said it’s not a pilot but a “prototype.” “Students will be in a flexible learning area where they will have access to the resources and technology needed to help them gain knowledge through community-based projects,” reads the informational document which went home with students in May to notify families about The Roosevelt Option.
How to Host a TEDx Event at Your School It’s almost here! TEDxPennsburgED is finally happening in one week, and we’ll be broadcasting it live to the world (at Upper Perkiomen High School) on May 7th from 12:30-4:30pm (EST). The idea and planning began in the summer for this official TEDx event, but as more and more people are asking, “How did you guys get a TEDx event at Upper Perk?”, I wanted to break down our process into five steps (even though it has felt like 500 steps!). Step 1: Event Type and Initial Brainstorm The TEDx guidelines allows you to apply for a variety of different types of events.