What I Learned This Week With Online Teaching

Like many of you, this past week was my first week of moving to an all-online format for teaching. It was definitely a week of both blessings and challenges. As I follow education folks on Twitter, it does seem like those of us who teach in high schools have an advantage over elementary and middle …

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Basic Premises for an Online Education Transition

This week my school decided to transition to online-only education for at least a week following our Spring Break, which is this week. I am sure that many of you are in the same situation. Because of the rapid nature of this transition due to societal events, there is a lot of angst over what …

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RMD Conference Picture Story

Yesterday I returned from our annual Rocky Mountain District educator's conference. While I was there I had the privilege of leading a session on Supporting Curious Learners. We looked at storytelling as one of those challenges that a curious learner of any age might embrace, and I challenged the participants to create a story of …

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Session Resources — LSA Conference

Yesterday I had the privilege in participating at the Lutheran Schools Association conference, held at Long Island Lutheran High School and Middle School. In the two sessions we reviewed and discussed with participants the topics of formative assessment and faith integration in the classroom. As is my pattern, resources and session notes for the two …

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#PBL Session Resources

I am spending the day in New York City at Astoria Lutheran School, working with the faculty and staff there on project based learning (PBL) design and strategies. To that end, I developed this resource page that contains links, articles, templates, etc. to support the PBL journey for this school or any other. Feel free …

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Students and School Design Ideas

Each year my Lights Academy seniors take on the challenge of identifying design issues within the school and making proposals for addressing those issues in a positive manner. They do the research, share their ideas as a class, and then they pursue the proposals they choose. Two weeks ago my student Bri (pictured in the …

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Flexible Seating Thoughts and Links

It is August 1st, and thus my thoughts, and the thoughts of educators around the nation, move to the new school year -- one that has both new challenges and possibilities. One new opportunity that has arisen for me is the move to a newly constructed classroom for Lights Academy, the personalized, project-based learning experience …

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Parkinson’s Research and Fake News

Over the next several weeks, I am going to share recent Capstone Project work from my Lights Academy seniors. These projects are the culmination effort of their Lights Academy work, where they have chosen a question to research and dug deep into the analog, digital, and human resources that can help answer their query. I am proud …

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Lights Academy Capstone Project Presentations

Each year our Lights Academy seniors create a Capstone Project that serves as a deep research project that is a culmination of their work in our project based academy. These presentations are formally shared during the school day and informally shared in a conversational style with parents and visitors on a Capstone Celebration Night at …

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