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How Kidding Around Can Energize Our Schools & Families

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Student Life, The Teaching Life, Voices | 0 comments

We need to get happiness back into kids’ lives, says retired principal and school culture consultant Sue Stephenson. “In our 21st century world, media, particularly social media, guarantee that today’s children are bombarded with serious and even frightening issues.” In this excerpt from her book Kidding Around, Stephenson highlights ideas and resources to help students achieve a positive outlook and more success.

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Enrichment Club, Day 2: Hello, Passion! Meet Frustration…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Connected Leadership, Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, Voices | 5 comments

When principal Matt Renwick mentioned “Minecraft” in a flyer about an afterschool computer club, 30 percent of his elementary students showed up. In his second reflection on passion-based learning, Matt digs deeper into what educators mean when they talk about passion – and what needs to happen when frustration raises its predictable head.

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Passion-Based Learning, Day 1: Probing Minecraft’s Appeal

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Connected Leadership, Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, Voices | 32 comments

When principal Matt Renwick mentioned “Minecraft” in a flyer about an afterschool computer club, 30 percent of his elementary students showed up. In the first of several reflections on passion-based learning, Renwick considers their high engagement through Dan Pink’s three lenses: autonomy, purpose & mastery.

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