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Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I had to share this story. Last week I had the opportunity to take a group of students from our High School to the Franklin Institute. It was the first “road trip” for our Student Innovation Lab. About 20 students and five teachers/leaders made the trip where we learned about how the brain works, and why empathy is so important to any meaningful change process. Our Student Innovation Lab gets kids from all walks of life together to solve…

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Focusing on the Time You Have, Not How Much You Have – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

As I sit here writing this my brother is on a respirator in a hospital room. He hasn’t been able to breathe completely on his own or wake up fully in three days. His wife sits, sleeps, and prays by his side. My parents do the same. Family members and friends have poured in to see him over the past three days. He is loved because he has loved. We are broken because he is broken. We have hope…

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A Mission and Manifesto – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When I started on this writing journey seven years ago, there were a couple of things I knew for sure. I wanted to share experiences through writing. Something different was happening in my classroom. There was so much about learning that I had yet to learn. I started blogging because I had been reading blogs. I was sharing articles and posts online. I was following educators, professors, coaches, historians, scientists, and journalists who had all taken time to share…

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What Happens When We Become 1% Better Every Day – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I had the chance to interview New York Times bestselling author James Clear, for my new podcast, Scratch Your Itch. James is the author of Atomic Habits and has built up a massive tribe at JamesClear.com. In this episode, we talk about his new book, how he got started researching about habits, what he believes are the biggest game changers for our lives in terms of habits, and what this means for learning better (and helping fuel curiosity). You…

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Focusing On What Is Going To Stay The Same in Education – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

One of my favorite writers (and thinkers) in the world, Shane Parrish, recently wrote a post titled, “What’s Staying the Same?”. In this post, he flips the questions we all are normally asking (what is going to change?) into one that has relevance for all aspects of life, but especially for education: I want to know the future. So do you. However, our desire to know the future leads us to seek answers to unanswerable questions. The question, “What’s…

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Stories Are the Key to Building Empathy – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Listen to the podcast here or check it out on iTunes or the Google Play store. I was recently listening to a speaker (George Couros) talk about Ryan Gosling in his presentation. I had seen the presentation before and loved the video he shared where a man battling cancer created these Gosling videos while in the hospital. The story struck a chord the first time I heard it, but this time it was different because of another story I heard about Ryan Gosling…

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My 2018 Failing Report – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When my students were doing the 20% Project (Genius Hour) in my class we had an “Epic Fail Board” (inspired by a number of people) where they would pin up some their biggest fails and epic risks. The 20% project required each student to challenge themselves. They were learning and creating with a purpose, often with lofty expectations and goals, and failing came at every step. In the first month of the project, I could sense hesitation from many…

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Top 10 ‘Afternoon’ Teaching Strategies – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What ‘end of the week’ teaching ideas do you have up your sleeve? Teachers will be back to school all the bright-eyed with enthusiasm(?), renewed and ready to perform during the term ahead. But, the looming spectre of lethargy and inattention is only ever one poorly chosen activity away. Here are my top-10 afternoon classroom activities. 1. Self-Guided Worksheets Much like Ronseal, this does exactly what it says on the tin. From knowledge organisers to extended…

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