Empower

If We Have to Give Kids Grades, Let’s Let Them Argue Their Merit. – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I sensed the anticipation as soon as I entered the classroom. Groups of students were huddled together flipping through notes and documentation. A few were going back and forth about what they were going to say. As I headed to the whiteboard a hush fell over the room and one student asked, “do we get the whole class period Mr. J?” It was first marking period Appeals Day in my ninth grade English class. And it was the first time my…

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The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “student-centered classroom” and I almost chuckled. I had always believed my classroom was about the students, they were the reason we taught and my focus was always on their learning. This new terminology sounded like another buzzword and I didn’t pay much attention to the presentation until I heard this: Whoever is doing the talking is doing the majority of the learning. In your classroom what is the ratio of…

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How the Heck Do You Grade Choice-Based Learning? – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Note: This is the fourth post in a series on Project Based Learning. You can check out all of the other posts here. My first full year of teaching was as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher. It was my dream job at the time. I love the energy of middle school students and I was still taller than most of them. My situation was even better than expected because our MS teams had two language arts teachers and…

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Are You Ready for an EPIC Professional Learning Opportunity? – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we move from “engagement” to “empowerment”? What does innovation mean for education, and how do we create the opportunities for our staff that we want for our learners? These are questions that will be looking at in the fourth round of #IMMOOC. To change it up this round, participants can choose 1 of 3 books. “The Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couros “Empower” by AJ…

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What Authentic Research Looks Like in Project-Based Learning – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Both of my sons love playing soccer. I grew up watching football and only played soccer very briefly (at the youth level) before going all in on American football throughout middle school and high school. I watch football all of the time, coached football for years, and taught both of my boys how to throw a football (properly) by the time they turned three. We, by all accounts, are a football household who watches every Philadelphia Eagles game (Super Bowl…

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How the Heck Do You Manage a Project-Based Classroom? – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

You’ve read the blog posts, tweets, and articles. Maybe you’ve even attended some conferences or seen someone speak live. They say, “Project-based learning changed my role as a teacher. I could talk to more students. I became a guide and coach instead of talking at kids all day.” And you think, that sounds awesome! It sounds like a dream classroom. So, you start. You find a PBL lesson or unit to do with your class. The kids are excited.…

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Real Ways WE Can Help Inspire a Generation of Innovators – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

It seems after all this research I’ve done on the current state of education and all the reading I’ve done on the future of learning, that one piece of information keeps coming back to get me again and again. It’s basically screaming at me when I look at past innovations, past movements and reforms, and current changes in education. My opinion on the future of education (and learning) doesn’t matter. Does that seem harsh? Give me a minute to explain.…

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Over 75,000 students from 14 countries are ready for the Global Day of Design #GDD18 on May 4th – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Last year over 60,000 students from 600+ schools, in over 12 countries and four different continents participated in our second annual Global Day of Design. The hashtag went viral as students and teachers shared and launched their creative projects all day long around the globe. This year, we are doing it again, and we can’t wait to see what students design, build, and make! Already we have over 75,000 students signed up to participate from 600+ schools, in over 14 countries…

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5 Reasons to Try Genius Hour Before the End of the School Year – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

If you haven’t heard of Genius Hour or 20% time in the classroom, the premise is simple: Give your students 20% of their class time (or an hour each week) to learn what they want. These projects allow students to choose the content and still acquire/master skills and hit academic standards. I’ve written extensively about Genius Hour and 20% Time, but wanted to share a list of the 5 reasons you should consider Genius Hour in your classroom (for those of you on the fence) before…

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What Should Be the Teacher’s Role During Project-Based Learning? – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Teaching is not always easy. And learning can be a struggle for many of our students. As educators, we are called to this back and forth process of teaching and learning. We push and challenge, and then support and guide. It’s easy to get lost in the grind. It’s why so many teachers get burnt out, and why so many students complain about school. However, if we think about each school year as a journey — one that will…

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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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7 Lessons Every Kid Should Learn in School (That Have Nothing to Do with Curriculum) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Joanne’s mother had died a few years earlier, and now she was a single parent (recently divorced) with no job, living off welfare benefits so she could provide for her young daughter. Worst yet, she was battling extreme depression and on the verge of suicide. But, she had an idea, and the belief that it was important.  A few years later and still on welfare, Joanne submitted her manuscript to 12 publishers. They all rejected it. The 13th publisher…

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10 Design Thinking Activities to Get Your Group Creating – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When John and I wrote LAUNCH, one of our main driving beliefs was around the fact that all kids are naturally creative. We started the book with this short manifesto on the need for creative classrooms: We believe . . . We believe that all kids are naturally creative and that every classroom should be filled with creativity and wonder. We want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be…

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