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Teaching Math: Changing Education

Jonathan Lash | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

My last post looked at math as part of an inquiry-driven, interdisciplinary curriculum, with the focus on the individual learner's questions and needs. Let's turn now to some of the values and aspirations informing that approach -- inclusion, inspiration, empowerment, and positive change.

Teaching Math: What's the Learning For?

Jonathan Lash | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

If students spend their time in class doing something over and over, with an emphasis on memory and recall, can we blame them for wondering, "What am I doing this for?"

Felony Teaching

Joel Judd | Posted 04.17.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

However much tests cost, they are vastly less expensive than adequately funding education. This is a great advantage to those who favor appearance over substance.

Why you Should See the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

MAJR | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
MAJR

We were in the middle of the North Pacific with no land in sight, hunting for garbage. One of the crew spotted a bigger object that we harpooned to bring on board. It was a floating tire, and by the amount of algae and rust on it, it had been out here a long time.

I Want to Go Somewhere Where the Stars in the Sky Are Different

THINK Global School | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

When I was sixteen, my first overseas flight introduced me to a 5am Latin American sky colored in burning pink tones. At the time, the colors seemed to swallow the sky and the plane whole.

How Costa Rica Revitalized This Head of School's Hope for a Better World

THINK Global School | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
THINK Global School

During the course of my travels, I am always intrigued by end-of-the-road destinations. I'm not talking about the type of dead ends you accidentally come across in a city. I'm talking about the places you actually seek out.

Ideas Into Action

Jonathan Lash | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

I was a dreadful student in college. A curriculum based on lectures, reading lists, and examinations didn't work for me. But when I entered the Peace Corps the experience was compelling.

Engaged Campuses

Daan Braveman | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Daan Braveman

Quite often the service aspect exposes students to issues of poverty, class and race -- issues they may not observe firsthand in their lives before college or even in their lives on college campuses.

How a Change in Schools Transformed My ADHD Son's Educational Path

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Dean Dauphinais

If you have a child who struggles in public school because of a learning difference, please don't give up. Explore other options. Find an alternative school that will recognize your child's potential, maximize it, and allow them to achieve great things.

On Voracious Curiosity: Q&A with Ben Nelson, CEO of Minerva Project

Laura Cococcia | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
Laura Cococcia

Two years ago, I had the privilege of attending TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland , which focused on the theme of "Radical Openness." Following a numbe...

Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Kiss Me?

Joan Hanawi | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Joan Hanawi

After spending a year living there, I found it second nature to lean in for a peck rather than extend a hand in greeting. Throughout my time in the country, this was just one of the many aspects of Ecuadorian culture that I not only cherished, but also quickly embraced as part of my daily routine.

Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I am not a Luddite and know quite well that technology can provide some important educational experiences. But I worry that slavish, uncritical devotion to technological gimmickry is shortchanging our students.

Why Mentoring Is About Being Real, Not Being Perfect

Annie Mais | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Annie Mais

Spend a minute thinking about the people who helped you get to where you are today--either in your career or life in general. Maybe it was that 8th grade history teacher who showed you pictures of exotic hummingbirds from her summer trip to Asia who made you believe you could travel the world just like her.

The 5 Rs Of Boosting Your Toddler's Vocabulary

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Kids who have a head start stay ahead of the game throughout their academic careers. Parents can contribute to bridging the word gap by actively engaging their infants and toddlers in literacy-boosting interactions.

Symbiotic Travel: A Yogic Eco-Immersion

Crawford Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Crawford Hill

As an educator, I have long aspired to teach by turning students on to extreme, compelling storylines and whenever possible, fusing those with actual ...

Making Time for Children

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 05.31.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

On our trip to the Big Island, I couldn't have been more proud of our teachers who planned this special event. They truly understood what it meant to create child-centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential learning opportunities.

A New Kind of Family Vacation!

Crawford Hill | Posted 03.18.2014 | Travel
Crawford Hill

What we are talking about is maximizing the diminishing opportunities we all have to be together as a multigenerational family in a unique and stimulating setting.

College Facilities As Living Laboratories for Sustainability

Lee Rasch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Lee Rasch

Sustainable practices can be incorporated into a wide range of programs, from technician training to managing sustainable systems.

Isabella -- Given Pause by Eco-immersion at Age 13

Crawford Hill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Crawford Hill

In a world where those most privileged often tend more towards sybaritism than desiring to foster mutual benefit, we can all learn a lot from Isabella's attempts to repair one broken home, inspired by a far from ordinary trip abroad.

Expedition Mentality - Rehumanizing Your Approach

Crawford Hill | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Crawford Hill

Our kinds of expeditions are about creating a comfortable environment even in challenging conditions - whether those conditions be physical, social or emotional. They are about probing far beyond the superficial level of virtually all ecotourism and creating opportunities for eco-immersion.

Finding Pace: Soaking Up The Three R's Of Experiential Travel

Crawford Hill | Posted 10.14.2013 | Travel
Crawford Hill

Our charming village is nestled on a perfect two miles across semi-circle of a bay at the base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which by the time you reach Granada and the Alhambra soar to over 12,000 feet.

Why We Don't Need Facebook

Matthew Kertman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Media
Matthew Kertman

We rank cities on their overall quality of life and access to natural resources to help us decide if we want to live there. Why should we not also choose the manner and method with which we manage our relationships online?

Changing Financial Aid Could Save Students, and Taxpayers, Money: Testimony Before the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Let's support policies that make sense. We can't be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to higher education and creating a sensible path for the American people to reach their full potential.

Creating a Legacy of Passion-Driven Education

Startup Weekend | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Startup Weekend

By Demi Wetzel, Culture Manager and Global Facilitator at Startup Weekend The United States is home to one of the most static education systems in t...

A 360-degree Approach to Teen Summer Service Travel

Crawford Hill | Posted 06.05.2013 | Travel
Crawford Hill

A true educator recognizes that the destination and the central experience are strong platforms, which can either be woefully under leveraged or embedded in a powerful experience for your child that is leveraged to the max. This is rare.