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08 Sep 2016

pHail: Learning through Persistence

By Jim Tiffin Jr (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Building Capacity) “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that will not work.” -Thomas Edison. Most educators are familiar with this quote. Most of the time, I suspect it was used to motivate students to “try, try, try again.”  At least, that’s how it was used with me – merely as an encouragement that if I just simply tried more, I’d get it. In reality, it is much more […]

28 Aug 2016

Backwards Design

By Meghan Cureton (Originally posted on my personal blog,  I Wonder…) The primary way we organize the learning that happens in Innovation Diploma is by using problems or design briefs as the framework. I am not talking about a typical “project” – I am talking about a real, client-delivered design brief that is high stakes because it’s truly a problem that needs solving. To open the year, we decided to deliver our own design brief that has slightly lower stakes than one […]

28 Aug 2016

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5 Ways to Learn About Note-taking from Da Vinci Tags: observation, notes, sketching, learning, innovation, #mvifishares, idiploma Invoke your own system constantly studied and observed pursuit of knowledge and commitment to lifelong learning. Always Innovate Remember to stick to a regular schedule and review your notes often Cross-pollinate He relied on the outside world and others to help empower and enrich his ideas. It’s amazing how a few moments away can connect your ideas and thoughts to help solve your […]

21 Aug 2016

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Deeper Learning Video Series (Deeper Learning) Tags: deeperlearning, #mvifishares Pedagogy of Play | Project Zero A new (2016) research project coming out of Harvard. With play a component of the motivation cycle for innovators, this growing body of work may be worth following. Tags: Project Zero, Harvard, play, research, maker-centered learning, learning environment, #LiquidNetworkSpill, #mvifishares – By Jim Tiffin Jr – By Jim Tiffin Jr ‘Maker’ movement inspires hands-on learning | The Seattle Times A fabulous article full of stories […]

18 Aug 2016

Building Culture not Compliance | I wonder…

Yesterday was our first day back as an iDiploma team, and we welcomed our newest Gates cohort of ten incredibly curious learners. As a former classroom teacher, I always struggled with the first day of school and the unstated expectation to go over the syllabus, the grading policy and assign the first homework. What message does that send if that’s how we enter the new school year? To me, it sends the message that as the teacher I have the power: […]

15 Aug 2016

Maverick Maker

3-2-1-Launch. My syllabus for this semester’s edition of my T.E.D – Technology, Engineering, & Design – class is live. This year at Mount Vernon Presbyterian school our Head of School, Brett Jacobsen, provided a bold provocation to the entire faculty: Be a Maverick. In a vague, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous(VUCA) world an innovative mindset is necessary to navigate. One pathway to innovation is by being a maverick. That is, mavericks vary and change their routes. They challenge assumptions. They experiment and […]

08 Aug 2016

Beyond the Buzzwords: Making Meaning of the Mindsets

When you walk through the halls of the Lower School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (MVPS), you will notice that each classroom has one thing in common: a small blue poster hanging on the wall. Upon closer inspection, you will see the six Mount Vernon Mindsets and their three indicators. The poster is an excellent visual representation of the kind of student mind we build at Mount Vernon (MV). However, we wondered if the students had a good understanding of […]

07 Aug 2016

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Re-Designing American High Schools for the 21st Century | Stanford Social Innovation Review HT Education Reimagined, Pioneering Issue #17 Tags: wayfinder, d.school, School Change, redesign, #MustRead, #mvifishares – By Bo Adams No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down | World news | The Guardian HT Education Reimagined Issue #17 Tags: grades, assessment, School Change, #MustRead, #mvifishares, innovation, passion, curiosity – By Bo Adams the most important skill a school can pass down to its students is the […]

01 Aug 2016

Design Movement | The Post with Chris Hill

Chris Hill joins Design Movement to discuss his life as chef, entrepreneur, brand builder, and author. We dialogue about his new book release, Making the Cut. On the post, guests of Design Movement get the opportunity to ask Brett a question. Connect with Chris: Website – http://www.mybachelorkitchen.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/bachkitchen Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Brett on Twitter – @jbrettjacobsen www.mvifi.org www.mountvernonschool.org

28 Jul 2016

Design Movement | Chef Life Is Real Life

Chris Hill joins Design Movement to discuss his life as chef, entrepreneur, brand builder, and author. We dialogue about his new book release, Making the Cut. Connect with Chris: Website – http://www.mybachelorkitchen.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/bachkitchen Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Brett on Twitter – @jbrettjacobsen www.mvifi.org www.mountvernonschool.org