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The God of Curriculum: Which Learning Matters?

<i>Who is the God of Curriculum and what does he or she have against student agency?</i> <b><br>“At best, schools teach one-billionth of one percent of what</b> …

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?

<b>Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.</b><b>Now it is rethinking how it teaches in the digital age - seeking to place skills, as much as subjects, at the heart of what it does. But not everyone is happy, and there are fears</b> …

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

As researchers and teacher educators, we have found that a gift many effective educators give struggling students is a practical and optimistic …

Teaching

Middle School Maker Journey: Preparing for the Capstones

In architecture, a keystone (also known as a capstone) is the central stone in a rounded arch required for it to stand. In education, according to …

32 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity Everyday

You don't need to be a talented artist to pick up a creative habit.<p>For a lot of people, creativity is a talent that few people have.<p>For me, creativity is a skill we all have and can improve with regular exercise.<p>"Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to …

Creativity

The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development. Regardless of age, grade level, …

Learning

If You Do Any of These 4 Activities in Your Classroom, You're Already Personalizing Learning

As educators, we are tasked with the weighty responsibility of helping prepare students to be successful in life. And as wide a swath as life may …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking

<i>John Spencer, a great friend and amazing thinker, has a course on “Design Thinking for Teachers”, that is happening now. I know John is very</i> …

Design Thinking

So You’re a Teacher with a 3D Printer… Now What?

So, you’ve purchased a 3D printer for your school and you are on your way. Yet, although you’ve successfully supplied your school with all the key chains, name tags, and Yoda heads they will ever need, and you have begun to incorporate 3D printing into some of your existing units, something still …

How Tinkering and “Problem Making” Are Shaking Up Higher Education

In the School of Design at DePaul University, my colleague LeAnne Wagner and I have been hard at work on a new program called “Designing for Physical Technology.” To wit:<p>Physical computing systems are increasingly being used to make our cars safer and our appliances more convenient to use. Toy …

The Disproportionate Stress Plaguing American Teachers

Unrealistic standards put educators on an anxiety-ridden trajectory.<p>Forty-six percent of U.S. teachers say they experience a lot of daily stress—that’s more than what the nation’s doctors report, and the topmost among other professional categories, level with nurses.<p>“High levels of stress,” said a …

Do kids who grow kale eat kale?

It’s back-to-school time in the United States, and for countless children across the nation, it’s also time to get back into the school garden.<p>For …

Screens In Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax

As the dog days of summer wane, most parents are preparing to send their kids back to school. In years past, this has meant buying notebooks and …

Education

Bolstering innovation through design thinking

<i>Companies have long struggled to instill creativity and innovation in their organizations. One strategy is “design thinking,” an innovation</i> …

‘Not a Math Person’: How to Remove Obstacles to Learning Math

Stanford math education professor Jo Boaler spends a lot of time worrying about how math education in the United States traumatizes kids. Recently, a …

Mathematics

Four questions that encourage growth mindset among students

These simple teaching techniques will prompt pupils to seek out feedback, be more persistent with work and cope better with change<p>Teachers have long battled with how to get their students to become more resilient and improve their mindset.<p>One popular theory, pioneered by Carol Dweck, professor of …

Teaching

The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students<p>In schools today, the focus is not only on helping students pass exams, but also on improving their character by making them more resilient. Resilience in learning, as in life, is …

Teaching

This 'dinosaur' is fighting for the tactile in art classes bruised by technology

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Fraser Valley

5-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward

This ad was launched during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, and you can see why it was a crowd-pleaser -- it's a moving reminder of how many …

The Maker Movement, Equity, and Schools: Researcher Q&A

As K-12 schools embrace maker education, researchers and practitioners are wrestling with how to ensure a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Education

The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer

Teaching for the 21st century looks a lot different. Here’s what admins — and teachers — need to know for job interviews and beyondNot long ago, the …

Learning

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Sharing #GeniusHour Projects

Anytime I think that my students have produced something interesting, I want to share it. Whenever I do something interesting in my teaching or …

UX Design Methods & Deliverables

What does a User Experience Designer do from 9 to 5? Well, a lot of stuff. The list below aggregates most common methods and deliverables produced by …

Parents Really Have No Idea What Their Kids Are Learning in School

Serious question to all you parents out there: What are your kids really learning in school? I don’t mean what grades are they getting. I mean what …

Can Kids As Young As Three Learn to Design and Create In Fab Labs?

Screen time for young children has been a hotly contested debate among parents for years. Many worry that passive consumption of media through …

Fab Lab

What I learned from the world’s greatest product designers

I’ve spent the past year meeting with product designers at some of the world’s most innovative and beloved companies — Airbnb, Coursera, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Pinterest — while making the Design Disruptors documentary to understand how these brilliant minds and their companies are building many …

UX Design

Capstone Project Definition

Also called a <i>capstone experience</i>, <i>culminating project</i>, or <i>senior exhibition</i>, among many other terms, a <b>capstone project</b> is a multifaceted assignment …

6 Golden Rules For Engaging Students

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Pedagogy

Ep. 44 A Teacher Tells How Project-Based Learning Has Impacted Her Teaching

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Podcasting