Category : MVIFI Shares (Re-Blogged)

14 Sep 2017

It’s Not About the Next Step

I wonder if we are asking the right question. “What do you do next?” “Now what do you do?” “What comes next?” Questions of this ilk inadvertently create a sense of tension between the person asking the question, and the person being asked to answer it, because it implies that the person doing the asking already knows the answer. The person responding has to try and figure out what the “right” answer is to satisfy the person asking. The person […]

10 Sep 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

My Favorite Projects in 2016 | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE List of 15 projects, that caught the eye of BIE Editor in Chief John Larmer. One of which is the Kindergarten PBL: Happy Habitats organized and executed by MVPS Kindergarten Team. Tags: #mvifishares, PBL, project based learning, kindergarten, BIE Shared by Jim Tiffin Jr   Posted from Diigo. The rest of MVIFI Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation group favorite links are here.

04 Sep 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation | MindShift | KQED News Great reminder, AND has some good examples of PBL in math (always a challenge) Tags: #mvifishares Shared by T.J. Edwards   10 work skills for the postnormal era – Work Futures Tags: #mvifishares, mindsets Shared by T.J. Edwards   Learning and the Brain Stories, #2 – Learning and the Brain blogLearning and the Brain … HT @kkelly Tags: learning, brain, curiosity, neuroscience, growthmindset, #mvifishares Shared […]

30 Aug 2017

Inductive Learning – Better Building Blocks

How often do learners get a chance to look for patterns in order to discover a larger concept? What does inductive learning look like at different stages of cognitive development? Will the future we are preparing kids for demand that they think inductively more, or deductively more?   I remember it so very well. The lightbulb that went off was so powerfully bright, that it continues to shine for me today. It was my first exposure to learning through inductive […]

22 Aug 2017

Adding a Little SPARK

How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you don’t know? How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you do know? How do you get your mental engines warmed up for the task ahead of your team? While there are many answers to these questions, my favorite one is to add a little SPARK. I was introduced to the idea of a SPARK during one of the first design […]

17 Aug 2017

A Call for Beacons

In 2012, I was able to attend the Constructing Modern Knowledge (CMK) Summer Institute. It is a professional learning opportunity hosted by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez – of Invent To Learn fame – along with a faculty of “educational pioneers, bestselling authors, and inventors of educational technologies.” It’s a mind-on/hands-on experience into constructionist learning – not by listening, but by doing deep, rich project work. It was like no other MakerEd professional learning experience I had attended ever attended before. […]

23 Mar 2017

Connected Learning – Curriculum Reflections (by Nicole Martin)

A foolish person thinks “I already know that.” He keeps anything new from coming into his mind. A wise person thinks, “I don’t know the whole story.” She opens herself up to even greater wisdom. -Haemin Sunim Many times I read education-related books and watch TED talks and find direct application to my professional education experiences. They help me grow and evolve in my thinking and practice. The best ones, though, have direct implications in both my personal and professional […]

21 Feb 2017

Insights from Shadow a Student Challenge

By Katie Cain (originally posted on personal blog) On Thursday, February 8, I had the pleasure of participating in the Shadow a Student Challenge. “The Shadow a Student Challenge is a fun, illuminating, and supportive journey where school leaders come together to empathize with their students and take new kinds of action at their school. Educators and researchers have long known that shadowing can lead to powerful observations and insights to drive change. The Shadow a Student Challenge provides methods […]

15 Feb 2017

Student Led Conferences, by Chip Houston

.entry-header Student Led Conferences: Year Two (9/22/16) Learning Transcends School (11/11/15) Feedback from Student Led Conferences (9/23/15) Launching Student Led Conferences (8/31/15) Expanding the Learning Measures (7/20/15) Although student-led conferences have been practiced in schools across the nation for several decades, the Middle School implemented them beginning in 2015-2016. The benefits of involving students in conversations about their learning, include: increased student motivation and ownership of learning greater alignment and meeting of standards/learning outcomes more involved parents celebrating each student’s unique […]

19 Jan 2017

Living in a Personal Case Study – Curiosity-based Learning

By Bo Adams, Executive Director, MVIFI Before the middle of November 2016, I had never really rock climbed before, other than some scrambling over boulders at various times of my life while playing or hiking. I definitely had never tied-in with a harness, donned the super-snug climbing shoes or doused my hands in chalk. There’s no way that I could have named a professional rock climber or told anyone what a Yosemite rating was. For the last two months, though, I […]