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November 5, 2017

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Since, at least in many Western countries, most of the population has received some level of formal education, we’ve all been exposed to a competitive way of thinking about success, learning, and growth. Unfortunately, we know that competition has skewed th...

November 2, 2017

We began our 3-part exploration of competition with our first post focused on competition in the classroom. Now, in this second post, we will explore how systemic use of competition affects students. While teachers have a level of control of how students are...

October 31, 2017

After years of working with adults in various education contexts (professional learning, schools, community outreach) with Human-Centered Design Methods like Learner-Centered Design and Design Thinking....my colleagues and I have noticed our learners often experience s...

October 30, 2017

Healthy competition plays a central role in the way many systems motivate and develop excellence. The space race, sports, war; any situation where two or more opposing powers compete for limited resources has pushed humanity, on various scopes, to new frontiers. If we...

October 25, 2017

Why is it important that occasionally, teachers let students run headfirst into their own failure? I think one, is because students learn to grow from that failure. In reflection, they recognize the steps they took along the way. They become accustomed to hardship, dev...

September 13, 2017

5 Common PBL Design Issues

Common PBL Design Issue #1: WEAK ADULT WORLD CONNECTIONS

Strong adult world connections can greatly enhance a project rather than be an afterthought. 

Strategy #1: Brainstorm, search for and/or suggest specific authentic documents, data and...

Whether it’s your 1st PBL project or your 50th - there are always surprises. The role of a constructivist PBL teacher is to curate a space in which that variation can flourish while still providing and facilitating an effective learning environment for a diverse group...

February 14, 2017

Imagine: Change, done better.

Cut to: Learner-Centered Design.

LCD is a vital tool to meet the challenges being faced in schools and organizations today. Schools are already making invaluable shifts toward becoming learning communities, in which all of its members are...

February 8, 2017

“Fasten your seat belts, our staff meeting today is going to be another dreary and unimaginative 80-minute-long assembly-line of paperwork review. Yup, you might want to poke your eyes out with a pencil when you see the agenda we have planned.  If you manage to pay att...

July 27, 2016

Design Thinking is a process to help up prototype, create and innovate. Design Thinking helps shift mindsets. It's from consumer mindsets, to producer mindsets. From accepting mindsets, to questioning mindsets. From passive mindsets, to active and empowered mindsets. I...

October 16, 2015

Companies use branding all the time when they push their products into the market. They want to influence the way you perceive them as a company and the products they put into the market.

Branding is about intentionally evoking a desired emotional response in a customer...

Another project idea from a team of teachers in Camrose, Alberta! 

Title: Learniture

Grade: 7

Type of Project: Design Challenge

Context: You are tired of the used up 60s furniture that your parents have given you for your room. You will design and construct an original, st...

Another submission from a team of teachers and students in response to a design challenge for "classroom hacks" that increase creativity & innovation by promoting C & I student behaviors, teacher behaviors, and/or learning spaces. They came up with the following idea d...

Take a peek at this submission from a team of teachers and students in response to a design challenge for "classroom hacks" that increase creativity & innovation by promoting C & I student behaviors, teacher behaviors, and/or learning spaces. They came up with the foll...

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