Finland Schools. No Homework Spend time doing other things for exploration. No standardized testing to measure school success. Learning to Learn.
The surprising thing google learned about it’s employees and what it means for today’s students - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/20/the-surprising-thing-google-learned-about-its-employees-and-what-it-means-for-todays-students/
TED Radio Hour: Teaching for Better Humans More than test scores or good grades - what do kids need to prepare them for the future? This hour, guest host Manoush Zomorodi and TED Speakers explore how to help children grow into better humans, in and out of the classroom. Guests include educators Olympia Della Flora and Liz Kleinrock, psychologist Thomas Curran, and writer Jacqueline Woodson.
Montessori Schools Book: The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori
Five dangerous things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyWA3p4aVHM 1. Let Children be Co-Authors in their Education 2. Trust Children more 3. The Default answer is “Yes” 4. Focus on Character and Habits (instead of grades) 5. Let’s agree that everything is interesting
Dintersmith organized the fundamentals behind PEAK learning, a way to design learning to help students develop the fundamental skills needed to succeed in general. Ted Dintersmith’s PEAK Learning
- Purpose.If students are going to stay engaged, schoolwork has to be meaningful and connect to real-world initiatives. At Lab Atlanta, a community makerspace in Atlanta run by a private school, high schoolers can take a semester long course to invent projects that promote sustainability for their city, such as addressing air and water quality and improving public transportation.
- Essentials.The most important strengths students must develop are those they cannot learn by taking a test: creative problem-solving, communication, critical analysis, collaboration, citizenship, and character. I saw this firsthand at Waipahu High School in Honolulu, where students are developing these skills and mindsets by blending career-and-applied learning with academic theory.
- Agency.Students should have room in the classroom to grow into self-directed young adults. This starts when teachers let students own their learning, evaluate their academic progress, and explore specific interests. At Acton Academy in Austin, Texas, for example, students set their own agenda, learn to access online resources, and manage their own progress. The school has no formal teaching, just adult "guides" who aren't expected to be subject-matter experts or allowed to answer questions.
- Knowledge.Students master what they study by applying their learning to real-life situations and teaching other students—the ultimate forms of accountability. Their knowledge should be deep and retained, not crammed into short-term memory. Currently, students across New Hampshire are evaluated not on pop quizzes, but on demonstrated competency tied to teacher-driven, performance-based assessments.