Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

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.

07 Sep 2017

Why School? – Skyler Tiffin’s MoVe Talk Released

Caught in learning spaces where the only feedback that anyone seems to value are scores given by adults, too many of today’s students sit passively waiting for the judgment of others, stripped of the self-reflective and evaluative skills that literally define the most successful people” (Bill Ferriter, Tempered Radical). I used to get frustrated when my students asked is this for a grade? Exasperated, I would give them a lecture on why grades should not be the driving force for effort, […]

06 Sep 2017

Teaching and Learning with the Brain in Mind, Sophie MacColl

Guest Post by Sophie MacColl, MVPS Middle School Faculty and MVIFI Agent This summer, eight faculty members from across the school—two from each division—participated in a ‘Learner at the Center’ research grant. We were investigating questions such as What does it mean ‘to learn? How might we transform MV to be even more learning-centered and learner-driven? My division partner and I focused our research on neuroscience. We were interested in how the brain processes information and teaching/learning strategies that jibe […]

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 […]

28 Aug 2017

Only the right problem will lead to the right solution

“What are my options?  And which is the best option?” When faced with an issue, most people spend a lot of time working on solution-finding and how to fix the problem.  We brain storm, make webs of ideas and just try to make it better.  At #fuse17, a design thinking conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Bo Adams and Trey Boden explained why it’s really the problem, not the solution, that we need to focus on. “You need to spend more time […]

23 Aug 2017

Empathy as Translation of Souls

You will never be the expert of someone else’s experience. – Mike Young At its very essence, design thinking is “human-centered problem solving.” It is caring enough and being curious enough so that our compassion motivates us to refuse to quit until we’ve uncovered the root of an issue and discovered possible solutions to apply. It is collaborative, as we must resist the urge to solve for someone versus solving with someone. So what’s the key to doing this work […]

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. […]

20 Apr 2017

Part 2: Keys to Lead w/ Michael A. Pitcher

This is part two of Design Movement’s interview with Michael ““Mike”” A. Pitcher former President and CEO of LeasePlan USA, one of the leading fleet management companies in the United States. Under Pitcher’s leadership, LeasePlan USA was recognized as a top workplace for its Atlanta and Chicago locations every year since 2010. In his book, the Seven eLements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader, Pitcher identifies the seven key elements of leadership that are essential for leaders to […]