Archives for Project-Based Learning

Postcard From The Future #3: New Roads, Urban Discovery Academy and Ideate High Academy

Days 4 & 5 of our study tour of future-focused schools took in three very different schools (for details of previous schools visited, see the last blog post). Our first stop was New Roads School, a K-12 school, in Santa Monica. As the inspirational Principal Luthern Williams explained, New Roads is unique: an independent school entirely committed to social equity. In practice, this means that parents who can afford their fees know that 50% of those fees enable kids from under-privileged areas of Los Angeles to attend. You might think with such a disparity of backgrounds there’d be two distinct …

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Lies, Damn Lies, And Conscious Misrepresentation of Evidence

An earlier post of mine, on ‘what counts as evidence’, generated a healthy debate, and I thought I could leave the thorny problem of ‘what works’ in education for a while. Maybe lighten the mood with a blog about the all-out assault on the judiciary in post-Brexit Britain, or what’s an appropriate response to a Donald Trump presidency, something like that. But the ‘evidence’ issue reared its contentious head again yesterday, November 4th, so The Donald might have to wait. The flashpoint was the publishing of a report by the Educational Endowment Foundation (the UK equivalent of America’s What Works …

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6 Steps To Planning Successful Projects

I put together an infographic which boils the planning needed to create REAL (rigorous, engaging, authentic, learning) projects for your students, down to six steps, together with some options and approaches you might want to think about. Let me know how to build on it/improve it. Just bear in mind it’s already at the point of superfluity (is that a word?) with regard to the amount of text used!

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