Compass Tool for Capstone

“Systems thinking enables educators to help their students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to participate in a complex and interdependent world.” (Mike Johnstone - Compass Education) One of the many things that I love about teaching Capstone Seminar is that the course requirements push students to think about problems from a systems perspective …

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Peer Review that Worked

This year I am challenged with teaching a new course: AP Capstone Seminar. It’s a course that really captures what teaching should be like: skill development such as reading and analyzing a variety of texts; inquiry based learning where students are guided to come up with their own research questions; group and self directed projects …

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Teachers as Facilitators

Some of the best teaching moments are really just moments of facilitation. It sure makes teaching sound unromantic but really, we facilitate opportunities for our students to learn and grow. If we work hard, and the facilitation is successful we are happy to watch from the sidelines as our students become the lead actors in …

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English & Biology: A Collaborative PBL

At the recent Live Curious Conference,  I attended an inspiring session on Global Collaborative Learning. The teachers presenting showed us the incredible learning experience their students in Mexico had collaborating with a teacher in the United States. It was incredible to hear about stereotypes being dismantled as students got to learn from students in other …

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