Category Archives: Teaching

A Powerful Student Led English Language Learner Project

By JOE BROOKS I recently came across an astoundingly powerful student led project, the ELL Give Back Project just outside Boston in Massachusetts. The power of this project is three fold: it is student conceived and led; it has huge … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect: Student Experience Matters Most

By ERIN LYNN RAAB, Ph.D. Student experience, not outcomes, matter most for school design There is a huge push around the country to define the student outcomes we want schools to achieve. Pretty consistently, these have become an array of “graduate … Continue reading

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Are Our Educators Prepared For Their Students?

By TOM WHITBY If there is one thing that I am sure of as an educator it is that rapid change greatly affects both what and how we learn. If there is a second thing that I am sure of … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Passion to Create Authentic STEM Learning Projects

By BOB JAKUS This is a brief account of how & why I developed “Beyond the Classroom Aquarium,” a yearlong project based, curricular sequence of authentic STEM-Oriented and aquatic ecosystem themed learning activities (for students to love). Beyond the Classroom … Continue reading

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Faith Based Schools are Excited About Service-Learning

From academic outcomes to ethics and faith, Megan Blalock, Director of Student Services at Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Academy talks about why high quality Service-Learning is crucial for her students and her school. learn more at: http://www.cwinstitute.net MORE from COMMUNITY WORKS JOURNAL … Continue reading

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A Brand New Take: American Folk Songs for the Family

— RESOURCE REVIEW from Community Works Journal Finally a songbook for young people that brings alive the core human life lessons of the deepest traditional American songs, from deep Memphis blues to the sounds of a New Orleans second line, … Continue reading

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Policy Makes Me Sick: A School Administrator Reflects on How We Make Decisions

by MARK SONNEMANN It makes you sick too — maybe you just don’t realize it yet. As a child, I used to like to build structures. Whether it was out of Lego, or blankets, or sticks, I loved to make the ideas … Continue reading

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Taking Teacher Education Back to the Future

By JEAN M. WALLACE Our future is in the hands of our children, and our children’s future is shaped and molded by their learning experiences in our schools. “Every road to a sound economy and a more civil society runs … Continue reading

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A Watershed Year

— Learning in an Authentic, Meaningful, Interdisciplinary Environment By JEAN M. WALLACE It is no surprise that children learn best by doing. With more than 16 years in a leadership role in experiential education, establishing partnerships, and guiding and supporting … Continue reading

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Should We Be Teaching Children’s It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World?: Thoughts on Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood

By RAE PICA As educators and parents, we only want the best for the children we work and live with. And that means giving every bit as much attention — if not more — to their social-emotional development in early childhood as it does … Continue reading

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