The Importance of Happy Students: Summer Book Report on The Happiness Advantage

Recently a colleague (and friend!) recommended a book by Shawn Achor called The Happiness Advantage. The premise of the book is that happy people are successful; not that success leads to happiness, as is commonly believed. Achor works with Fortune 500 companies to maximize their effectiveness and subsequently their profits. And while profits and business …

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Solution Resolution Conclusion

David Brooks’ article, “Everyone a Changemaker” struck a chord with some of the goals I feel education should strive for. Brooks refers to Bill Drayton, a “legend in the nonprofit world” to describe the need for “changemakers”: “Drayton believes we’re in the middle of a necessary but painful historical transition. For millenniums most people’s lives …

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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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