Making the Shift to Active Learning… and Why Technology is Not Enough

Making the Shift to Active Learning… and Why Technology is Not Enough

Technology helps students with connecting, creating and sharing, but devices are invisible in my definition of active learning. We need to be chanting: empowerment, collaboration, equity, agency, self actualization, and transcendence for kids and for us all within a system that serves as the birth place for every other profession. We need to be chanting these things instead of technology, technology, technology.

The Power of Self-Directed Learning

The Power of Self-Directed Learning

Do-it-yourself learning The idea of orchestrating your own learning, selecting your own mentors, organizing your own conferences or workshops and pursuing just-in-time learning has taken off around the globe. Emerging web technologies connect learners with content and...
Scaffolding Quadratics: 2 Things My 8th Graders Taught Me with Student Feedback

Scaffolding Quadratics: 2 Things My 8th Graders Taught Me with Student Feedback

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.

Start with Why: The power of student-driven learning

Start with Why: The power of student-driven learning

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.