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Should schools be responsible for teaching character dispositions, such as grit and adaptability? Yes

Should schools be responsible for teaching character dispositions, such as grit and adaptability? Yes

09/10/2015

Topics: Curriculum, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning

As we all know, when babies learn to walk, they fall. A lot. We don't throw a cushion under them to soften the blow or grab their hands to keep them from failing, because if we did, they wouldn't experience — or learn from — defeat. This is how they learn perseverance, the value of taking risks…

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5 standards-aligned lesson plans

5 standards-aligned lesson plans

08/24/2015

Topics: Curriculum, Standards, STEM & STEAM

In June, I wrote about five fabulous lessons you could “steal” from…

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Hotly contested: Should coding be mandatory?

Hotly contested: Should coding be mandatory?

06/30/2015

Topics: Coding & robotics, Curriculum, Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo

Schools in industrialized countries across the globe are having a debate: Should teaching coding and computer science be a mandatory part of curriculum? That discussion took place on a smaller scale at ISTE 2015, where four experts weighed in during a modified Oxford-style debate session titled…

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Time to redesign curriculum for the digital age

Time to redesign curriculum for the digital age

12/03/2014

Topics: Curriculum, Standards

In too many schools, technology integration has come to mean retrofitting new technology to outdated curriculum. Digital tools are tacked onto lessons, simply replacing functions that were once performed with traditional tools, such as pen and paper.

There's a wide gulf between…

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