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Building a bridge

Building a bridge

A school board member said to me a while back: Scott, I hear what you’re saying about active, hands-on, project-based learning. But I got to tell you, when I’m driving over a bridge, I want to have confidence that the people who designed and built it knew what they were doing. So if that takes...

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Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

[Want to be the Seed-to-Table Manager here? Read the job description and then email the superintendent.] Shovels busy at work, three young children dig and cut through the earth, turning over the rich black soil underneath. They have a long planting row to create, but the sun is out and the weather is perfect. Their...

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Career-ready capstones [VIDEO]

America Achieves has been sponsoring an Educator Voice Fellowship program here in Colorado. They have an upcoming event where they will highlight the work that these awesome educators have done regarding authentic performance tasks and career-ready capstone experiences. Thought I’d share the video… we need more of this kind of student work and authentic assessment!...

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How am I going to make this work relevant?

Peter Greene said: … if your spouse says, “I’m looking for ways to make you interesting and appealing,” that is not a good sign. Once you look at a lesson and ask, “How am I going to make this material relevant,” you have admitted that the material is not actually relevant. If that’s true–if the...

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Is the work really ‘authentic?’

If the ‘authentic work’ we assign our students in class doesn’t require them and their work to get out of the school building (physically or virtually) – at least for some of it – and is always assessed only by the teacher, is it really ‘authentic, real world work?’

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Taking students seriously disrupts our comfort and threatens our sense of authority

Nicole Williams Beechum said: We know from research that students can have more robust learning experiences when what happens in school is relevant to their lives, helps them connect to a larger purpose, and is grounded in a sense of belonging. This means that the system must be responsive to their goals, interests, and sense...