Revisiting interdisciplinary learning pivoting on approaches to learning skills brings the metaphor of an alloy. An alloy is created when two or more elements are physically fused into a new substance, but it retains the properties of something strong, a metal, even though the alloy itself may contain nonmetal elements (Helmenstine, 2017). (One of the […]

We finally sorted out our mentoring groups for the passion pathways, today. For weeks, students have been clarifying their Personal Vision Plans. They’ve done research on their personal goals, including viewing videos of interviews on the Naviance platform on what brought individuals to their passions, how they pursued becoming experts at learning for their fields, […]

A recent workshop on inquiry approaches to teaching and learning surfaced a lot of questions about the visibility of the learning process. Some of the questions that emerged from the inquiry were, How do we know our students are learning? What might we do to create experiences to facilitate learning? What might we do to […]

The bad news is that change is difficult. The good news is, we can scale it. Shifting mindsets in education requires action. It may be daunting to think of how to change an entire system at once. Moving to action from perception is a cultural challenge, especially when perception is mired in habits. This Mindshift […]

One of the topics that can fuel hours of teacher dialog is the difference between assigning tasks and teaching the process by which tasks can be pursued through inquiry. Assigning might consist of telling students to do a task. Teaching a process involves teaching approaches to learning, which might allow students to problem solve for […]

I had to hug a teacher today. She has taught for a decade, and this week has been delving into Marcia Behrenbruch’s Dancing in the Light, Marcia’s monograph on classroom inquiry. With tears in her eyes, the teacher told me how the stories in the book made her feel that she was awakening from a […]

A few weeks ago, our school community participated in a Dream Summit, where we used appreciative inquiry to imagine our future. After 51 years, it was time to dream into the school we are evolving into for the next 50 years. Students from grades 6 to 11, parents, teachers, Board members and leadership volunteered to […]