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No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down. Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker.

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail operator into handing them some free tickets. So impressed was the management with his chutzpah that they invited him back to give a motivational speech to 200 of their employees. Anton, it should be pointed out, is 14 years old. The Berlin teenager’s self-confidence is largely the product of a unique educational institution that has turned the conventions of traditional teaching radically upside down. At Oberländer’s school, there are no grades until students turn 15, no timetables and no lecture-style instructions. The school’s syllabus reads like any helicopter parent’s nightmare. “Look at three or four year olds – they are all full of self-confidence,” Rasfeld says. The Evangelical School Berlin Centre (ESBC) is trying to do nothing less than “reinvent what a school is”, she says.

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom.

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education. A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the “deeper learning” movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate. Project-based learning is the norm among these students, but they also have a lot of ideas about what makes a good project work. Students want projects to be integrated across subjects, not separated by discipline. Middle school students also appreciate those projects where different subjects are integrated.

Technology. Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context. Lenny Gonzalez Part 3 in the series Learning In the New Economy of Information.

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

By Shawn McCusker During a recent unit on World War II, Courtney Wilhelm’s U.S. History class conducted a leader’s conference. Students explored broad topics such as economic and political philosophies from the perspective of European leaders from the 1930’s and 1940’s. In classes where students connect ideas from the abstract to real-life events, the role of the teacher — as Wilhelm illustrates — moves from being a distributor of information to one of nurturing students as they collect, evaluate, and process information into unique learning products. For some, these changing roles might signal the end of an era where the teacher serves as a content expert.

It’s here, in these seemingly disjointed moments, that the expertise of the teacher is crucial to uniting the class’s learning. In reality, however, the converse is true. Teacher as Conductor in the Classroom Orchestra Related. Marina Gorbis: The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class — Provided You Have a Hand-Held Device. Massive Open Online Courses might seem like best way to use the Internet to open up education, but you’re thinking too small.

Marina Gorbis: The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class — Provided You Have a Hand-Held Device

Technology can turn our entire lives into learning experiences. This probably sounds familiar: You are with a group of friends arguing about some piece of trivia or historical fact. Someone says, “Wait, let me look this up on Wikipedia,” and proceeds to read the information out loud to the whole group, thus resolving the argument. Don’t dismiss this as a trivial occasion. Teachers are Heroes [INFOGRAPHIC] It is officially Teacher Appreciation Week, and we’ll continue to celebrate through Friday!

Teachers are Heroes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated each year in the United States during the first full week of May, with Teacher Appreciation Day falling on Tuesday. We are excited to launch an infographic to support teachers around the world for everything they do each and every day, but especially to honor them today! To thank teachers, our graphic, “Teachers are Heroes,” shares information and statistics about who teachers are, what they do and how they inspire us. We encourage you to share the graphic below with teachers you know who have made a difference and touched the lives of their students. Enjoy, and thank you for all you do! Share the infographic on your site by copying and pasting this code: Learning to love the iGeneration. ECIS TECH CONFERENCE 2013, 14 - 16 March Hosted by ACS Cobham International, London, England Learning to love the iGeneration... and... embrace the irresistible IT vision of tomorrow’s classroom....

Learning to love the iGeneration

A confronting double edged conference's title that implies a generation divide wider than any preceding ones, in a new context of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity and an urgency that can no longer be ignored: The paradoxical co-existence of “Education 1.0” in “Society 3.0” Who is the iGeneration? What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades. iGeneration. Technology-impact-education.jpg (JPEG Image, 953x4718 pixels) - Scaled (13%)