Monthly Archives: January 2014

Storytelling at EduCon

Here’s a delicious problem for everyone attending EduCon 2.6: How will you tell the story about this amazing conference you attended in Philadelphia that rocked your world and excited you about changing the way we do education? (or rather, the … Continue reading

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Twas the night before #Educon…

EduCon starts tomorrow (Friday, Jan 23). I’m excited to bundle up early Friday morning and head over to Science Leadership Academy, the innovative high school that hosts EduCon each year, because EduCon is hands-down the best conference I’ve been to.  It’s … Continue reading

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Reading world news for 45 minutes

Imagine well-informed students spending the first few hours of their day learning about the world by reading news articles from around the world (articles they choose), talking about the best story they read, and then having a thoughtful discussion that … Continue reading

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Let Students Assign Their Own Homework

The best way to make sure homework is valuable, meaningful, and engaging to students is to — you guessed it — let students assign their own homework. Grant Lichtman recently shared a white paper via Twitter, titled Changing the Conversation About Homework from Quantity … Continue reading

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Who are the Taliban? Where is Pakistan? Why should I care?

Who are the Taliban?  Where is Pakistan?  And why should I care? If we take time to slow down and help students understand the world, it can be a fascinating place.  They can make all sorts of connections. And they … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t Japan have a military?

A sixth grade student I worked with yesterday asked why Japan does not have a military.  We spent nearly an hour unpacking her question — it was an amazing discussion that got at the idea of why countries need a … Continue reading

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