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May 28, 2019

When we think of empowering students with tools and techniques to navigate life, few opportunities may be as important as providing authentic experiences to develop their ability to inquire. Sometimes inquiry may seem like a somewhat vague term. If you'r...

May 14, 2019

Why Inquiry? I couldn’t imagine a more vital set of tools to equip any human being with than the tools of inquiry. At its core, inquiry is purposeful learning and purposeful creation, production and doing with what is learned. This is a core essence of living and doin...

May 8, 2019

The Deeper Learning Dozen is a Community of Practice involving the Harvard Graduate School of Education and one dozen school districts seeking to further Deeper Learning, equity and connectedness through systemic multi-dimensional approaches.

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 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...

July 23, 2017

One of the joys of teaching about the environment is getting my students outside as much as possible. Usually this means excursions to nearby field sites every month or so, which in itself feels miraculous in the typical pace of a high school day. This past year howeve...

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...

With the support of their teachers and community, 45 students in Kamloops raised over $650 in donations to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Imagine a classroom where students raise and study live salmon, access background knowledge at their own pace, design and make a qui...

February 22, 2017

As a school leader, imagine that it’s Saturday morning, and you’re sitting at your neighborhood Starbucks enjoying your first cup of joe after an early morning jog. While you are relaxing and reading the newspaper, you recognize a voice at the table behind you, and whe...

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...

September 21, 2015

Project Based Learning is a great model for unit planning and deeper learning. Some teachers are going further by anchoring a semester or a year in a unifying, engaging and provocative premise.

This helps them "brand" their classroom to better connect the dots betw...

Title: Builders Without Borders

Grade: 7

Length: 4 - 6 Weeks

Entry Event:

Viewing of “Junk Raiders” - a Canadian reality show that challenges participants to construct structures using upcycled materials on extremely limited budgets. Slideshow of recent tragic environmenta...

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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