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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Malala and Helping Students Find Their Voice

I am no doubt behind the times, but over the past month I have become very interested in the remarkable story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for education and woman's rights who was shot in the head by the Taliban at age 15, survived, and continues her crusade today. With her father as her …

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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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Flipgrid and Lights Academy Applications

It is application season for the various academies at Lutheran High School, where I teach and serve. I look forward to reviewing the potential candidates for the academy which I lead, Lights Academy. One of the challenges I continue to face with this academy is helping students and parents understand just what Lights Academy is and its clear …

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