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Start with Why: The power of student-driven learning

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, The Compelling Need for Change, Voices | 12 comments

Why do we have so many students who are frustrated and bored, just waiting to be challenged? We’ve made education about manipulation and hoops instead of inspiring our students to pursue learning that matters to them — learning that can help them make a difference in our communities and the world. By beginning with the Why questions, says teacher Shelley Wright, we can create powerful student-driven learning environments.

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What My Connected Students Taught Me about Motivation

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, Powerful Learning Press, Student Life, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 7 comments

When we read about engaging students in the classroom using technology and social media, authors often leave us with the impression that this work will flow gentle as a stream. When talking about motivation and learning in school, grit is most often left out of the conversation. Yet Dan Pink tells us the best predictor of success is grit, defined as perseverance and passion for long term goals. When we found the right authentic project, my 9th grade English learners showed they had the grit to write a 200pp collaborative book!

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Scaffolding Quadratics: 2 Things My 8th Graders Taught Me

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 0 comments

We’re studying quadratics in my 8th grade class. Even the name can strike fear in the heart of the most competent adult. I didn’t want it to be that way for my math kids. I wrote a good lesson plan and then I let students help me modify it. Essentially, they “taught” me how to teach them better through the interaction and feedback we gave to each other during the learning process. We built the scaffold together.

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iPad Summit 2: Innovations in Learning

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 2 comments

While the theme of the second iPad Summit centered on the Apple device,” it was educational theory, not the hardware, that was the focus,” says participant and live blogger Jen Carey. “The conference gave priority attention to innovations in learning, and that’s what made it a worthwhile experience for me.”

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Real Teacher Voice in the NG Science Standards!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, STEM learning, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 2 comments

Kansas science and math teacher Marsha Ratzel helped develop the New Generation Science Standards released this week. In this post at Voices from the Learning Revolution, she praises the development process, which fully involved classroom teachers, and says the results “are highly credible and will excite and energize our students and our profession.”

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