passion-based learning

Watch Out TED Talks: Here Comes A New Generation

Watch Out TED Talks: Here Comes A New Generation

| January 14, 2014 | 10 Comments

TED-Ed is launching a new program for schools with materials to walk students through the process of identifying, developing and presenting their own big ideas in TED talk style.

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How the Heck Do You Implement “Student Empowerment”?

How the Heck Do You Implement “Student Empowerment”?

| January 13, 2014 | 15 Comments

Most classrooms follow a prescribed formula. Teachers plan and lay out what is going to be learned. Students come into class and have the responsibility of switching themselves into “ready” mode, waiting for the teacher to instruct and guide them in the day’s tasks. Surely there are parts of the learning process where the control could be shifted to the students – where teachers can hand them responsibility and freedom and give them a voice in what they would learn.

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Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies

Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies

| November 27, 2013 | 5 Comments

Sometimes, being thrown into a new situation with few resources and little knowledge can be the best way to innovate. Educators, especially those who work in smaller rural districts, can sometimes be called on to teach classes without a lot of support or resources. While those moments can be terrifying, it’s also a good time to step back from the anxious swirl of curriculum and standards to think like a kid. What would they love? Zombies, superheroes, and fairies, of course!

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Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

| November 18, 2013 | 11 Comments

Public school teacher Larry Ferlazzo shares ideas and tips about how to balance curriculum needs, test prep and the bigger goal of helping students develop the motivation to learn for themselves.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

| March 11, 2013 | 42 Comments

If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive […]

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Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

| August 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators’ teaching practice, this moment might be a good time to pull back and think about some big-picture ideals, too. Here are a few to consider. 1.   INFUSE PASSION INTO LEARNING. […]

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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

| August 20, 2012 | 21 Comments

By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? It’s an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global […]

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Lessons Learned: How a Progressive New School Adapts to Realities

Lessons Learned: How a Progressive New School Adapts to Realities

| August 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

When we envision a well-rounded, progressive education for our kids, we think of a vibrant environment that nurtures students’ passions, provides structure for rich and deep learning, a place where kids can get their hands on projects that are meaningful to them. That’s the goal at Brightworks, a small, K-12 private school just starting its […]

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Beyond Technology, How to Spark Kids’ Passions

Beyond Technology, How to Spark Kids’ Passions

| June 28, 2012 | 10 Comments

Amidst a sea of available technology, what does it take to engage students, not just within a standardized curriculum, but in their own learning? What’s technology’s role, and what are policy implications?

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What’s So Important About Tinkering?

What’s So Important About Tinkering?

| August 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Check out Gever Tulley’s TED Talk about the importance of tinkering. Read more about Brightworks, Tulley’s San Francisco school, which opens this fall.

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