A Culture of Learning: Shifting From Teaching to Empowerment

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Schools were designed for both teaching and learning. The top skills kids need to know are analytical thinking and innovation, active learning and learning strategies, complex problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, creativity, originality, and initiative. The difference between teaching and empowerment is when a teacher becomes so focused on the destination that students are not allowed to drive the … Read More

Curriculum Connections Blog Series

Kari PitstickBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

Curriculum Connections Blog Series Overview Interdisciplinary is a common buzzword in the education world, but it can seem a bit overwhelming. This blog series shares the importance of collaborating with colleagues to create meaningful and unforgettable experiences for students and teachers alike. Learn tangible strategies for incorporating interdisciplinary units or transdisciplinary learning into your classes! Posts in the Series The … Read More

The Power of We

Sara JesseeBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Working together as a team, being a “we” is incredibly powerful. We can find creative ways to problem-solve and inspire our students. Finding ways we can collaborate to create interdisciplinary units can have a profound impact. I’m a middle school teacher, so I’m always a “we.” The team of teachers I’m a “we” with ebbs and flows from five to … Read More

Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

Sanam EdwardsBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Transdisciplinary units allow students to bring all facets of their learning together. Student agency increases student engagement. Students create in-depth work they are proud of. I work for a school that follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This means that we follow a transdisciplinary approach, where learning transcends subjects. The concepts of student voice and choice spearhead the program of … Read More