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…

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…

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