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Focus 2020: Systems!

This post is sixth and final in my Focus 2020 series for the new year. Here are the links if you missed the earlier posts: – Executive Function Fuels Goal Achievement – Engagement First; Achievement Will Follow – Encourage Students to “Make It” and “Solve It” – Prioritize Student Choice – Teacher as Curator I don’t […]

Focus 2020: Encourage Students to “Make It” and “Solve It”

This post is third in a series of six to get ready for the new year . . . The year 2020 reminds me of perfect vision! 2019 was a year of many initiatives, goals, and needs; it’s time to put everything in focus. Here are the links if you missed the first or second […]

Design Process Is Just Good For Kids … and the World!

I often hear design process and design thinking mentioned in connection with STEM and STEAM programs; and yes, clearly, if you’re going to solve a design problem, it’s good to have a design process. But the type of methodical thinking involved in design process is just good for everyday life! So build it into everything […]

Students Can Change the World While Mastering Standards

I recently heard a comment that children make up 30% of the world and 100% of our future. I love that! How can we position students to change the world while ensuring we are giving them the foundational skills detailed in the standards? The key is in the “flipped triangle:” While it may seem like […]