Changing the 4Rs in Education means jumping hurdles – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Humans don’t like change. It takes us time to adapt to any situation and once we’re comfortable, any change is the treat to our comfort and safety. Any change has to jump the multiple hurdles such as fear, comfort, prejudice, assumptions, new understandings, and existing habits. In schools, change challenges teachers the most and each person has a uniquely variation of these hurdles. Parents generally go for any education that keeps their children happy and keen. Most parents are optimistic…

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Part 8 We’re half way! – EDUWELLS – Education Article

What a fantastic year! The first of our two year school redesign. It’s been a year of excitement and fear about possibilities and the unknown. We have had to debate the nature of and reasons for school. We have jumped for joy and also looked for employment elsewhere. We have all fought for our beliefs and had our assumptions challenged. We have fired research papers at each other over no man’s land causing only little damage to these entrenched assumptions.…

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Timeless Learning [A book review] – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Book: Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools By Ira Socol, Pam Moran, Chad RatliffReview by Richard Wells @EduWells I’m in the middle of leading a two year transformation of our high school and so when the book Timeless Learning was highlighted to me (thanks @andykaifong), it looked like a perfect companion. I thought I’d add my perspective to the popular quotes from the book in regards to my own school’s redesign of teaching and learning.  The three…

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A Crusade of a Different Color On this day in in… – Education Article

A Crusade of a Different Color On this day in in 1095, Pope Urban II called all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims and regain the Holy Land, beginning the first of nine crusades. Two Chicago Public School teachers/Fund for Teachers Fellows have set out on a related, conciliatory quest rooted in culture. We share their student impact below… Sounds of clay drums filled the air as visitors strolled among stalls of Islamic art, stopping to have their names…

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