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Design Thinking Toolkit

We're currently engaged in a design process as outlined by the Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit. This is a terrific resource that explains a process for design in very clear, concise and accessible terms. There are 5 stages of the process (see image from p.15 below): Discover, Interpretation, Ideation, Experimentation and Evolution. The toolkit is [...]

By | 2014-02-04T17:00:38+00:00 February 4th, 2014|School design, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Learning to Perform in the World

This is an extremely thought-provoking blog entry from Grant Wiggins (one of the authors of Understanding By Design) that questions much of the conventional wisdom underlying curriculum design in schools.  I particularly appreciated the following questions: If curriculum is a tour through what is known, how is knowledge ever advanced? If learning requires a didactic [...]

By | 2014-02-03T17:58:02+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|Learning model, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What do we actually NEED from education?

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education  by: Chris Sturgis Pretty decent paper on traditional grading systems vs. competency grading. It quotes The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan quite a bit. My critique is this focus on gaps in knowledge. People seem to be so concerned with gaps in knowledge. Here [...]

By | 2017-04-06T00:05:01+00:00 January 15th, 2014|Learning model, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Promising research on mindfulness in urban schools.

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools From the article: "The research is showing big effects on students' performance," says Superintendent Carranza. "Our new accountability standards, which we're developing in tandem with the other big California districts, emphasize the importance of social-emotional factors in improving kids' lives, not just academics. A good way to describe learning [...]

By | 2017-04-06T00:05:01+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Research and analysis, Uncategorized|0 Comments