Education Week Last week's question was: What are the Do's & Don'ts of Project-Based Learning? Few people know more about Project-Based Learning than Suzie Boss, and she graciously agreed to respond to this "question of the week." In addition, several readers left thoughtful comments. A Brave New Experiment Historically, the primary objective of the K12 Lab Network has been to support educators in learning the five phases of the design thinking process in order to build creative confidence, solve school-wide and district-wide issues and teach students to be their own agents of change. While this approach has been hugely successful, sparking a design thinking movement that has traveled acound the globe, the K12 Lab Network Team wanted to experiment with what might happen if the mindsets which support the design thinking process were taught instead of the process itself. BIAS TOWARDS ACTIONWe’ve just led our first experiment!
How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love by Maria Popova “Life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want.” “There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work.
4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question. There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common: Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner” The process itself can be broken down into stages, or phases, that help teachers frame instruction.
What is design thinking? Can it work in my classroom? So, what is design thinking? Would it work in your classroom? If you haven't checked out the Teachers Leading Teachers Conference, you might want to give it a whirl. AJ Juliani and I are putting it on and I must say that it's going to be better than bacon-wrapped bacon. Flash Fiction Challenge Winning Stories: "A Million Shades of White" by Swati... A Million Shades of White by Swati Daftuar Competition: Flash Fiction Challenge 2014, 3rd Round Genre: Open Location: An iceberg Object: A lighter Want Better Project-Based Learning? Use Social and Emotional Learning Today's guest blogger is Thom Markham, a psychologist, educator, and president of Global Redesigns, an international consulting organization focused on project-based learning, social-emotional learning, youth development, and 21st-century school design. An unfortunate legacy of the cognitive model that dominates education is the belief that everything important in life takes place from the neck up. This belief is the primary reason that many teachers struggle with project-based learning (PBL). At its best, PBL taps into intangibles that make learning effortless and engaging: Drive, passion, purpose, and peak performance.
Design thinking holds the answer to some of the public sector’s toughest challenges In the past few decades, design has become increasingly recognised as a driver of economic growth. Communication, interaction, product, gaming and fashion are just a few examples of well-known design disciplines where designers have successfully used their specific expertise and approaches to create innovation. But the world has become increasingly complex, and designers have begun to use their unique approaches and qualities to tackle other issues. These include highly complex problems, usually in the form of social or cultural challenges such as poverty, sustainability, health, wellness or equality. With stakeholders often holding conflicting perspectives, and a multitude of shifting and unfamiliar elements, these problems are very difficult to define – and are labelled “wicked problems”. Design has become a crucial contributor where established innovation processes have struggled
Effective Classroom Management to Encourage Listening (and Regulate Blabbermo... by Robert Montenegro Everyone remembers the one kid in each classroom who loved to hear himself/herself talk (for the purpose of this example we'll call this person something random and totally not steeped in reality or based on a real person: Adrian Spencer). Simple questions like, "What does the green light represent in The Great Gatsby?" Building Parent Support for Project-Based Learning When a teacher, school or district tells parents, "We're going to do project-based learning," the response may vary. You're lucky if some say, "Great news! Students need to be taught differently these days!" But a more typical response might be: What's project-based learning?That's not how I was taught.
The next design trend is one that eliminates all choices Performance wear is typically designed for sports and extreme environments—brutally cold and windy mountain ranges, heat-baked deserts—situations where people actually need their clothing to protect them from the elements without restricting movement. Continuing advances in design, fabric technology, and manufacturing have made these clothes more high-performance than ever. Now a crop of designers has made it their mission to create advanced technical garments of this type for another harsh setting: cities. “The winter in New York or a pouring spring day, the demands are really not a lot different than what you would need for climbing, an expedition, or helicopter snowboarding in Alaska,” Marc Daniels, co-founder of New York-based label Isaora, tells Quartz. “It’s cold and wet. You need to stay agile, warm, and dry.”
Absurd Creature of the Week: The Badass Snail That Has a Shell Made of Iron Dare to step on the scaly-foot snail and your foot will probably snap off…probably. David Shale In what is arguably the most famous scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur faces the Black Knight, relieving him of his limbs even though he’s wearing some nice chain mail.