No More Textbooks: Using primary sources to think historically

What’s the point of teaching history? Is it to memorize dates and names, learning the great deeds of great people throughout history, but never really connecting with their stories? Of course not! But…if that’s the case…why are we still lecturing, delivering just content, and using…

How to Make Math Accessible – Workshop Preview

I had a few conversations recently with some math teachers who expressed their troubles with integrating math into projects and other content areas. As a person who has always loved mathematics, and a math teacher at heart, I found that this is the norm in…

The Power of Collaboration

Imagine that project you have been dreaming of doing for years was about to come true, but you only had to plan a fraction of it?  I read a few articles recently about the power of collaboration in business and in education. One article in…

Why Change?

Guest post from Lausanne Learning Teacher Mentor David Yarborough I recently had a very interesting exchange during a presentation on creating innovative student-driven classroom environments. The question I posed was, “Why Change?.” I asked the interview panel what might be some concerns of a faculty…

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Video Game

I grew up in a weird time – video and computer games existed, but they were still new enough that *I* didn’t actually have any. My brother and I got a Super Nintendo when I was about 13, and he’s always been about video and…

Be Bored

See Greg Graber’s original post and many other great essays on his blog, and check out his book, Slow Your Roll: Mindfulness for Fast Times! Do you ever feel over-stimulated or over-whelmed and not know why? In today’s accelerated culture, we are always connected and…

Engaging Educators: Our New (School) Year Goals

Teachers, according to Brené Brown, are our most daring leaders. We absolutely agree – teachers fill so many roles in the lives of their students, but also in the school as a whole and the community in general. Teachers (and librarians, and tech directors, and…

Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me About Teaching and Learning

I was hesitant back in 2000 when I let a friend convince me to go the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (at a Walmart in rural Arkansas) because…I hadn’t actually read any of the books before that. I know. I…

You’ve Got a Makerspace – Now What?

A guest blog post by Lausanne Learning Teacher Mentor Jessica Varela You’ve got a makerspace, now what? Your administration is excited about this new venture your school has decided is worth the time and money. The students can’t wait to get started on making something….

Music in the Classroom

One of the hardest tasks a teacher can face is engaging students in each and every class. When students enter a class, they bring their day with them – good, bad, distracting – and we ask them to put all that aside and immerse themselves…

Inspiration Through Reflection: Making Time

You can’t buy it, it isn’t easily made, and it is never free. Time is a commodity that teachers seem to need more and more throughout the year. Making time for reflection sometimes comes at the bottom of our lists, or at least my list….

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…

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