Relationships As Engagement: Understanding the Whole Child
In schools across the country, it is quite common to hear teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators talking about student engagement. But as Amanda Winkelsas explains, the path to student engagement is not always as direct as a teacher, coach, or administrator would hope.
How Personalized Learning Fosters Trial, Error and a Healthy Dose of Risk
By: Brandy Holton. Infusing some of these principles into your work and creating your own innovative projects and lesson plans can empower students rather than lecturing them which can leave you with an inspiring a-ha moment!
How Can Children Aspire to Careers They Don’t Know Exist?
By: Ed Hidalgo. By connecting exciting career options to learning, class work becomes more valuable, reinforcing the idea that school is a path to something that can be fun and rewarding. This district doesn't think career exploration is a "big kid only" topic.
The Willpower Gap – Misinterpreting Student Agency
When definitions of agency lead to work that is driven purely by willpower, those definitions need to be reconsidered. The agentic classroom should be hard but fun for teachers and students alike.
Can Students Learn Entirely on their Own?
Students are capable of learning and organizing themselves completely on their own if they have the freedom to explore, are engaged in authentic and meaningful experiences, and have the chance to exhibit their work. Here's one example.
The Results Are In On Student Engagement
By: Sachi Takahashi-Rial. The difference between an engaging lesson and a tedious one can’t be measured by the results of a standardized test. If we want to start prioritizing engagement in schools, the first step is to hear from young people.
What is Agentic Learning and Why is it Important?
Fostering student agency may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are many pedagogical approaches that, when implemented well, lead to engagement and intrinsic motivation, providing opportunities for students to develop agency.
World-Class Work Takes Models, Practice, Revision and Support
We've visited thousands of high schools around the world and seen young people doing world-class work both inside and outside the classroom. Here are the common conditions, cultures and connections we've observed that power this world-class work.
Three Schools On Three Paths to Personalized Learning Success
By: Dr. Mary Ann Wolf and Alex Dreier. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has set out on a personalized learning journey all its own. Here are three schools in the district that we were able to visit and observe the successes and challenges more in-depth.
Arts-Integration for the Future of STEAM Learning
By: Dr. Monika Wiley. In Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS), an arts-infused education has been the key to our successful STEAM program, improving both student and teacher engagement.