“I’ve Thought About….” and PBL

I have been working with my Lights Academy students on innovation projects -- projects that are designed to build on something already created or solve a problem in a new way. This is a concept that is often a challenge for juniors and seniors. Their typical school experience through the years comes from absorbing the …

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Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part Three and Project Plan)

This is the third in a series of posts about Students, Educators and sleep. Below you may follow links to the first two posts on this topic: Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part One) Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part Two) The first post raised the idea that we need a larger conversation about this topic within …

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Tweet of the Day — 1.15.2018

Here is today's tweet of the day, courtesy of @MrTomRad, and some short commentary about the tweet: A few thoughts: Quiet is important at times. There are some students for whom quiet is necessary to learn effectively. Quiet is also essential for respecting others when they are sharing their thoughts and opinions. Learning quiet at …

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Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part Two and Project Idea)

Last week I addressed for the first time at FaithEdTech questions about sleep and rest for students and educators (click here for the initial blog post). The second post was designed to study the impact of sleep deprivation on educators, including myself. However, though I will still address this in future post, I am compelled …

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A Favorite Student Project: Living Minimally

As many of you know, I lead a project-based, personalized learning academy called Lights Academy at Lutheran High School where I teach. My students, juniors and seniors, are asking very interesting questions and then pursuing answers to those questions. I am amazed by the work they do, the problems that they solve, and the questions …

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Students, Educators, and Sleep (Part One)

There are few sights more precious in this world than a newborn lost in slumber. So tender. So peaceful. So serene. Sometimes I hear people say, "I wish I could sleep like a baby." A comment such as this recognizing that something is not right with sleep in American, for sleep is not only a …

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