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Children in Charge: Self-Directed Learning Programs

Children were far more engaged when they had hands-on tools that helped them develop their own understanding of the concepts being taught in both …

Pedagogy

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Surprisingly Sage Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life

As a hopeless lover of both letters and notable advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old <b>Hunter S. Thompson</b> (July 18, 1937–February 20, 2005) — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Found in <b>Letters of Note:</b> …

Q&A With Sir Ken Robinson

Published Online:<p>Published in Print: May 20, 2015, as <b>Q&A With Sir Ken Robinson</b><p>Commentary<p>Education Has to Be a ‘Human Business’<p><i>According to author and</i> …

We're Racing Through K-12 Education

Commentary<p>It was only a bit after 6 in the morning, and I was already on the public bus to work. As a speech-language pathologist working at a high …

The best career advice you’ll never hear in a graduation speech

“Follow your passion” is the stupidest career advice I’ve ever heard. Why? Because my passion in life is for singing bad karaoke. My friend Dodgy Dave’s passion is for dealing crack cocaine. Some of my friends have many passions. Most of my friends have none.<p>“Do what you’re good at” is better, but …

Happiness

Rethinking How Students Succeed

By Lija Farnham, Gihani Fernando, Mike Perigo, & Colleen Brosman, with Paul ToughTwenty years ago, conventional wisdom held that cognitive ability …

Pedagogy

Kurt Vonnegut’s Life-Advice to His Children

<b>Kurt Vonnegut</b> (November 11, 1922–April 11, 2007) endures as one of modern history’s most beloved authors, a wiseman of storytelling and a shaman of style. He was also, however, one great dad: In <b>Kurt Vonnegut: Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>) — which also gave us the author’s priceless daily routine, his …

From Fitzgerald to Reagan, 5 Letters of Fatherly Advice from History’s Greatest Public Dads

With Father’s Day around the corner, let’s take a moment to pay heed to some of the wisest, most heart-warming advice from history’s famous dads. Gathered here are five timeless favorites, further perpetuating my well-documented love of the art of letter-writing.<p>F. SCOTT FITZGERALD<p>In a 1933 letter …

5 myths about our schools that fall apart when you look closer

Reinventing High School

How Fresno prepares the kids in the middle<p>People often remarked about our sons’ competitive public high school in the Washington, D.C., area that it was a great place for the kids at the top and at the bottom, but it left a lot of room for those in the middle to fall through the cracks. I wasn’t …

High School

Resources

<i>Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom</i> features hundreds of links to high-quality books, websites, projects, and other …

Makerspaces

How Intrinsic Schools is Breaking the Laws of School Innovation

column | Learning Strategies<p>How Intrinsic Schools is Breaking the Laws of School Innovation<p>By Alex Hernandez (Columnist)     Mar 12, 2015<p>Alex …

Pedagogy

Welcome

Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind

If you suspect that curious kids fare better in careers and life, you're right, and for a variety of reasons. Research suggests that intellectual …

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

<i>Julia Freeland and Thomas Arnett, research fellows at the Clayton Christensen Institute, and I coauthored this piece.</i><p>As the House of Representatives …

Five Edtech Takeaways from an Administrator Who Returned to Teaching

column | Learning Strategies<p>Five Edtech Takeaways from an Administrator Who Returned to Teaching<p>By Jin-Soo Huh (Columnist)     Jan 29, …

Education Technology

Meet The Classroom Of The Future

The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs<i>,</i> but it may be guided by a digital brain.<p>It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants.<p>This isn't just …

Teaching

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

For those whose work is closer to home, the changing demographics of the U.S. will mean that their colleagues, customers, and neighbors may look a …

Pedagogy

What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests

Close your eyes for a minute and daydream about a world without bubble tests.<p>Education Week recently reported that some Republican Senate aides are doing more than dreaming — they're drafting a bill that would eliminate the federal mandate on standardized testing.<p>Annual tests for every child in …

Education

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