53 – Reality Check on the “Real World” (w Dr. David Finch)

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For too long, the “real world” has been a mythical place that only exists in schools when teachers are trying to make students do things they don’t want to do. Stories of the real world create a culture of compliance. It begs the question… what’s it really like in the world of work beyond school? Dr. David Finch is a … Read More

51 – Ungrading in a High School STEM Classroom (w Chris Sarkonak)

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One of the most persistent narratives of the school system is that it’s a place where students do work in exchange for grades. However, what would school look like if grades didn’t exist? Chris Sarkonak is one of many teachers involved in the grassroots movement called “ungrading” to move school away from a culture of compliance, towards a culture of … Read More

49 – The SECRET to rehumanizing education…

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  Welcome to season 3 of #EduCrush! As a primer for the season, we are talking about the secret to “rehumanizing” education. It’s something we ALL do naturally yet don’t understand well. Learn what this powerful tool is and how it helps to elevate our consciousness, build empathy, and create a positive culture. Follow the #EduCrush podcast: Twitter | Instagram … Read More

47 – Managing Ambiguity to Unlock the Joy of Creativity (w Dr. Caroline Brookfield)

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If you were to scroll through most job postings today, you will likely see creative thinking listed as a required skill. And yet, many workplaces do not have the psychological safety for this skill to thrive. On the episode, Natalie is joined by Dr. Caroline Brookfield who is a veterinarian that discovered her passion for creativity late in life as … Read More

Project Feature: Sustainability Summit

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  This week a passionate teacher team talks about taking bold steps to innovate in their own classrooms to give students hope through a project they called the Sustainability Summit. Charlotte Nixon, Mark Schuegraf and Neil Frail bring their experience and expertise together to form an audacious team taking on an ambitious project.   Charlotte on Instagram: @C.jnixon Email the … Read More