- Allison Zmuda & Melissa McQuarrie, site founders
Ideas & Innovators
- Allison Zmuda & Melissa McQuarrie, site founders
As I was doing my daily troll this morning to search for old and new ideas worth sharing, I came across this post from Stanley Litow, IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools:Skilled for Life?: The Training Americans Need to Succeed
He advocates for three goals that will have significant implications on school structures, policies, and curricular design.
- It’s time to revamp career and technical education by embedding workplace skills training for 21st century jobs directly into challenging academic curricula, and tracking progress against high standards.
- It’s time to align high school and post-secondary coursework directly with one another so students can progress seamlessly along t...
By Allison Zmuda
The creative process starts with the courageous question, “How do I do this?” and moves through the stages of creativity which include:
In this 9 minute overview, the video shares what creativity is, how collaboration can amplify ideas, and how sparks of insight are grounded in prior knowledge and experience.
What creative acts are you doing both inside and outside of school? What do you think is required to make your ideas come alive? Your teachers and parents want to know so that they can support your endeavors.
I struck up a conversation with the cabbie to pass the time to LaGuardia airport. The frustration with the traffic faded away as I became fascinated by his story. He started his career as an actor, taught elementary school, and now he is a full-time poet / cab driver.
“Being a poet doesn’t pay the bills,” Davidson said. “But I see the whole world behind my plexi-glass window.”
When an idea comes to him in his cab, he quickly jots it down on a scrap piece of paper. Once Davidson is no longer behind the wheel, the collections of phrases and notes inspire the draft of a poem. He prints it out and uses the downtime in the cab to rework the language and imagery. Here is one of Davidson’s poems from his first collection, “King Lear of the Taxi.”
by Davidson Garret...
Imagine your ideal learning space — place that inspires you to focus, to problem solve, to create, to reflect. What would it look like? This question wandered through my mind last week and I started to play with the idea. I imagined a multi-purpose space designed for both solitude and conversation, collection and analysis, technology-rich and technology-free, struggle and relaxation.
This exercise prompted me to reexamine the spaces where I currently create and wonder how form and function impacts daily learning. As an adult, I have a significant amount of control over the organization of my space, but I was oblivious to how I was using the space to promote my own learning...Read More
The teachers I know are always talking about kids in informal ways. They do it at the copy machine, at home, at social gatherings—anywhere they relax enough to answer the question “How’s it going?” And, like anyone whose vocation is to work with other people, their talk is full of stories. They tell of frustrating moments and of triumphant ones, of hilarious moments and heartbreaking ones. Listening, it’s so clear how much most teachers care what happens to their students, both inside and outside of the classroom.
But very few teachers have the time structured into their workday to turn that “kid talk” into a collaborative and productive professional discourse, which advances not only the teacher’s understanding but also that of students.
Kids’ stories...Read More
This film introduces the thinking behind connected learning, which builds on the basics to make learning more relevant. It connects learning to people’s interests, to real life, real work, real communities, and to the demands and opportunities of the digital age.
After watching the video, these are the questions that continue to dance around my head…
How are you building learning environments that “delight learners at all ages?”
“What’s the experience we want our kids to have?”
“How do you create a need to know in a kid?”
Share your ideas, stories and comments.
This picture book was created by middle and high schools students from the Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Public Charter School on the Big Island in Hawaii, for younger, elementary-aged students, as part of an extensive and ongoing effort to create culturally relevant bilingual curriculum materials for Hawaiian students.
The creation of curriculum materials is part of a larger effort to reintroduce Hawaiian students to native culture and language – helping them to reclaim traditional language before it is lost. As part of a larger movement in Hawaii, the Kamehameha Charter Schools are one of the leaders in this effort...
“… so, in conclusion, you can provide personalized learning opportunities for your students right now! You can build a blended learning environment to support anytime-everywhere learning! You can track student growth through portfolios! And you can support a growth mindset by encouraging students to reflect on their journey and set personal goals!
Thank you for listening. Also, I was told to inform everyone that this session counts as two hours towards the required twelve hours of in-district professional development. Please make sure you sign out when you leave. Thanks!”
Does anyone else see anything wrong with this?
Think about the BEST learning experiences you’ve had recently. I can almost guarantee that some of those experiences were self-directed...Read More
I joined Student Voice because one of my biggest dreams is to see the education system shift and change into something that is more relevant, practical, and accessible.
My vision for the next generation of schools is a system built on trust, freedom to explore, and teachers that show that they actually care about their students. This would be a system where testing is replaced with making a difference, classrooms would be replaced with explorations, and textbooks would be replaced by networking.
Education is not only for students, but should be about students. However, much of the way that decisions are made in education systems have nothing to do with the benefit of the students...Read More