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Powerless Dynamics

School has long been rife with power structures. Recently we’ve come to discover that learning is done best when power is placed with the individual. Putting a belief in the individual – the teacher, the learner – ensures that ownership is felt in each role. But, unfortunately, structures and dynamics haven’t caught up with our knowledge yet.

Burning Questions: Using Big Questions That Lead to Big Learning

It was the early days of remote learning. I was staring at a screen full of avatars, as not a single 12th grade student had their camera on. I was talking into the void, unsure if anyone was listening or learning. I missed their faces. I missed their jokes. I missed their interruptions, comments, questions and most of all, I missed the connection. On the screen, I couldn’t see the ah-ha faces or the looks of confusion. I couldn’t tell if they were drifting or most importantly, if they were okay. But then, I asked some big questions, and the magic was back. 

Welcome, 2022!

It’s that time of year again. The time to reflect on the past, plan for the future, and take on some new and exciting challenges! Let’s make this year a great one.

Science-Based Self-Care

Teachers are master jugglers, as they attempt on a daily basis to meet students’ individualized learning objectives, support their classroom family, collaborate with their school community, and hone their professional craft. However, over the past year and half, teachers have been overwhelmed with the time commitment and effort it has taken to shift their methodology and teaching strategies to meet the new school routines of COVID-19.

Our Class Playlist

Using our playlist-maker activity, we’ve made two lists of 11 songs to keep your classroom energized, engaged, and hard at work on their path to individual self-discovery. Here’s how they break down.