Teacher Education: No Longer ‘Business as Usual’ – Education Week News

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Education Week News Teacher Education: No Longer ‘Business as Usual’ Education Week News One of our colleagues provided us with an article by David Ruenzel, called “Business as Usual,” that appeared 20 years ago in Teacher Magazine (then a print…

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

I agree with Ivon Prefontaine’s comment about those teachers who, despite the workload, are continuing to grow, learn and innovate. There is something we can learn from them and, more importantly, something those who are removed from the classroom need to listen to much more closely. 

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Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

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In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, […]

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

Play – it’s important/crucial/inseparable for/from learning. Why do we continue to not see it as a critical? Is having fun that separate from work? Have we become that ingrained in believing that learning and play/work and play are different? 

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No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

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A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.


NuVu is a full-time magnet innovation center for middle and high school students. NuVu’s pedagogy is based on the architectural Studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects. We basically teach students how to navigate the messiness of the creative process, from inception to completion.

No Courses: Instead, we have studios. Around 12 kids work closely with their 2 coaches on solving big (and small) open-ended problems.

No Subjects: Instead, everything is fused together. Students find themselves moving between a studio that requires them to design a telepresence robot to another that requires them to re-imagine Boston with a cable car system.

No Classrooms: Instead, we have an open space that changes all the time to adapt to the needs of every studio.

No One-Hour Schedule: Instead, students spend two weeks from 9-3 solving one problem.

No Grades: Instead, we have portfolios that document students’ design decisions and show their final products.

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

The idea is interesting, having taken a Design Thinking course, I see there are numerous ways schools can use that concept to their advantage. This ideas needs scale – how does it work with more students? Not that it can’t, but how – what would be a solution? 

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20 useful ways to use TodaysMeet in schools | Ditch That Textbook

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TodaysMeet is an easy-to-use, versatile digital tool. It can enhance discussions, provide a place for ideas and more.

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

With 20 different examples, this is something that teachers can look to use in their classrooms or schools can use with parents/community. Another tool that can help with in the communication process. 

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My Students Don’t Know How to Have a Conversation

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Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene, The Atlantic reports. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts.

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

The art of conversation is very important – maybe even more so in now. 

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Educational Leadership:Schools as Learning Communities:What Is a Professional Learning Community?

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Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

PLC’s can be powerful learning opportunities as long as they aren’t co-opted for another purpose. Combined with Personal Learning Environments, a PLC can be a powerful way for teachers to share and learn, empowering them to bring their learning to their classrooms. 

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