Learnability: Consumption, Creation, and Contribution

Steven WeberBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Learnability may be at the top of the list of skills high school graduates need. Consider what every student should know and be able to do when developing curriculum and standards. Be careful not to just cover the unit plan or standards without considering the student evidence that demonstrates learning. It is important that students are provided opportunities to … Read More

Creating a Maker Mindset in May

Bridget BelardiBlog, Engage Better

TL;DR: Having a maker mindset can encourage students to be creative and explore. A maker space is not necessary for providing these opportunities for students. Curated materials and time are all students need. It can be the perfect activity to end the year. State testing is over. We’ve covered the curriculum. Students are unruly and impatient for summer.  How do … Read More

Episode 19 | Featuring Chey Cheney & Pav Wander

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Chey Cheney is a middle school teacher with 20 years of experience, originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He currently teaches Grade 8 in Toronto, Ontario and engages in coaching and leadership work with students in the school beyond instructional time. Passionate about ELA, Chey’s teaching philosophy centers around student agency, student voice and a strong commitment to social justice. Chey … Read More

Episode 15 | Featuring Hans & Jennifer Appel

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Hans Appel is an educator, speaker, and writer deeply committed to inspiring the whole child.  He’s the author of Award Winning Culture: Building School-Wide Intentionality and Action Through Character, Excellence, and Community. Additionally, he’s the Director of Culture for the Teach Better Team, co-host of the Award Winning Culture podcast, and the Co-Creator of Award Winning Culture. Jennifer Appel is an educator, coach, speaker, … Read More

EP57: Why do we want to Create with Technology?

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In Episode 57 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Creating with Technology. They discuss the many ways that students can go from being consumers of information, to those that interact with content, to those that create content. They make lots of connections to other parts of their lives that seem to have a similar path – such … Read More