Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 9: Seeing the Learning

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student, Whole Child

“How do we know what students are learning?” So opens the narration of chapter 9, “Seeing the Learning.” Rather than simply reply on summative test scores to communicate whether or not students have “achieved,” the educators at Mission Hill create exhibitions in which students must present and defend their learning to a committee of teachers and peers. The complexity of … Read More

Year at Mission Hill Chapter 8: The World of Work

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student, Teaching

This chapter, “The World of Work,” offers a look at applying a school-wide theme through integrated projects. Teachers organize opportunities for authentic experiences based on the ideas and recommendations of the kids in an effort to allow students to “see their ideas actualized.” This practice for building student agency works because it helps them develop confidence in the value of their … Read More

5 Characteristics of Learner-Centered Teaching

Jason FlomCommunity, Leadership, Student, Teaching, Whole Child

Maryellen Weimer (whose bio includes: Penn State Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning and Editor-in-chief of Teaching Professor) addresses the wide spread use of the term “learner-centered” in her post, “Five Characteristics of Learner-Centered Teaching” on The Teaching Professor Blog at Faculty Focus. At the heart of her concern is this: “With widespread use comes a certain definitional looseness.” To … Read More

Gaming to re-engage boys in school

Jason FlomEducation, Learning

“If a child can’t learn the way we  teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” -Ignacio Estrada The disengagement of boys in our education system has become such old news that — yawn — we barely register it anymore. Rather, we diagnose their need for stimulation as a hyperactive disorder and medicate it. We diagnose their disinterest in … Read More

Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 7: Behind the Scenes

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Equity, Science of Learning, Student, Teaching, Whole Child

Chapter 7 of this fantastic series delves into the fuel that keeps the fire going — questioning everything in relation to the whole child: Asking for help. Inquiry to inspire students’ voice. Shared inquiry about students. Building a community of curiosity, which changes teachers’ perspectives on teaching, learning, and their own empowerment as educators, empowerment they then pass on to … Read More

18 Myths of Education (Infographic)

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Policy, Student, Teaching

Below is a provocative infographic from Open Colleges, an online university in Australia. What do you think about these? Agree? Disagree? Little bit of both? Share your thoughts in the comments. <img alt="" src="http://informed.s3.amazonaws.com/informed/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/600px_final the original source.jpg” /> An Infographic by Open Colleges

11 Characteristics of Meaningful Work

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student

Note from the Editor: While this piece by Shawn Murphy is related to business practices and targeted to managers and business leaders, the parallels to education and student learning are striking. Teachers, curricula developers, and education leaders can find plenty herein to ponder, reflect on, and apply in practice.  It was originally posted at Switch and Shift and is reposted here with … Read More

The Importance of Student Voice

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Leadership, Learning, Student

The following is a guest post by Mark R. Boyer, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Singapore American School.  I was recently approached by a high school student who asked, “In order for student voices to be heard, should student evaluations of teachers be mandatory and used in the teacher’s performance review? Furthermore, is there a way to make sure that student feedback is … Read More

The Student Quest: Choose 2 Matter

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student

If you ever have a chance to meet Angela Maier, you’ll know who she is immediately.While probably not the tallest person in the room, in a hall of 5,000 she may well be the most energetic. A former teacher turned consultant, author of two books, including “Classroom Habitudes” and now Chief Instigator, Angela has amassed a global, passionate network at … Read More