You Are a Design Thinker!

I just watched a video on High Tech High School in San Diego, California, an innovative, project-based public charter school that is a truly unique learning environment. Specifically it was a message from its “main man”, Larry Rosenstock. I was in the process of putting…

Annual Lausanne Learning Community Survey Results

In April, we asked our community what you wanted from Lausanne Learning – how we could help you grow and succeed, what your dream professional development conference would look like, what your needs are, and more. We loved getting to know you and finding out…

Spotlight: Komal Hadala – Leadership and Revolution

Komal Hadala is another young woman who has led a “revolution”. Our spotlights are typically about young people who take on big issues that have impacted them very personally – in their own places of residence, study, and work. Kamal is another heroine who saw…

Teaching Practice: Understanding Students’ Systems of Bad Behavior

Note: while much of this can be generalized to all students and the reader can think of ways in which it applies to them and their classrooms, the article is written with high school in mind. Interpret it appropriately for your age group since the…

Teaching Practice: Bullying and the Bystander

There has been much written about bullying and how to deal with it. A 2018 article from the Division on Autism and Development Disabilities (DADD) considers what it means to be a bystander to bullying and suggests that “Given the relational nature of bullying (Rodkin…

Teachers as Leaders: Authoritativeness and What we can Learn from Parenting

What makes for a teacher leader? What qualities does a teacher leader have? Can anyone be a leader? What does it mean to have authority? These are hard questions for teachers who tend to think of themselves as “equal”. The teaching profession is very flat…

Spotlight: Learning and Teaching in Violence

The Peace Of Wild Things – Poem by Wendell Berry When despair grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood…

Teaching Practice: The Power of Feedback

Feedback improves student academic achievement. But then, pretty much everything does. If you pay attention to it, it gets better. This is called the Hawthorne Effect. Feedback is a very powerful tool for students and teachers to use. However, it is clear that feedback composed…

Teaching Practice: Social Emotional Learning – The Student Side

There are five elements of social-emotional learning, according to The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. They are: Self-awareness Self-management Social awareness Relationship skills Responsible decision-making This is the second of two articles to explore this dynamic. The first one looked at the responsibility…

Teaching Practice: Pacing

Much of the following is taken from Teach Like a Champion 2.0 (Doug Lemov 2015). In Chapter 6 titled Pacing, Lemov talks about the ways in which a lesson can move quickly or drag slowly. Interestingly, either is possible irrespective of the amount of material…

Spotlight: Haim Ginott

We want to introduce you to Haim Ginott today. He is, sadly, no longer with us but over 50 years after his death in 1973, his wisdom can still startle us with its insight, humor, and clarity. He was a clinical psychologist who began his…

Teaching Practice: Grades and Comments

How do you improve writing without “Purposeful practice”, review, and renewal? This applies to all forms of writing, of course, not just literature essays. We all know the routine: student hands in essay / piece of writing; teacher carefully reads and annotates it over the…

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