Design Learning: The Rising S-Curve in the Classroom

The most successful classroom experience [e.g., consistently engaged students; enriched content; meeting student needs; increasing teacher effectiveness throughout the school year] demands that the teacher abandons a lock-step approach: by “lock-step,” I mean a class whose curricular speed is constant and advances exactly according to a pre-fixed 36 week calendar. Unfortunately, there continues to be… Continue reading Design Learning: The Rising S-Curve in the Classroom

Cultivating Faculty Voice for a Better School

What matters most for the learner’s experience–and what I care about most–is the development and promotion of voice and exploration.  I feel just as strongly that the one item missing in that statement is the cultivation of faculty voice and exploration. If a school wants to be moving from good to great; if a school… Continue reading Cultivating Faculty Voice for a Better School

Building Equity in the Classroom

This is not a blog post about investing in classroom shares, nor is it an article about starting a stock market club for your students. This is really about excellence in pedagogy; specifically, I want to discuss what should be among the highest of the teacher’s aim:  to elicit engagement and questions from each and… Continue reading Building Equity in the Classroom

Teachers’ Positive Attitude Linked to Greater Intrinsic Motivation in Students

A long time ago, teachers saw the business of teaching as centered on the delivery of information and knowledge in a manner that was mostly strict, largely drills-based, and often coercive.  Then came along folks like John Dewey, Rudolf Steiner, and Jean Piaget, whose educational philosophies moved schools more toward a child-centered and whole child… Continue reading Teachers’ Positive Attitude Linked to Greater Intrinsic Motivation in Students

The School of Imagination and Relevance

OK, it’s time to imagine. I mean pure imagining. Whenever I conduct an imagining exercise for my team, I ask them to forget about time, forget about money, and just to forget about even human or scientific limits… just imagine. Throw all obstacles and caveats out the door. So the exercise I will enact here… Continue reading The School of Imagination and Relevance

The 79.4% Teacher

Chances are if you’re a parent of a school-aged child, you know of a teacher that, no matter how much your child plugged away at a lesson, a project, or a full semester’s worth of coursework, was fixated on keeping your child from earning at least a B on whatever was being graded.  It’s just… Continue reading The 79.4% Teacher