Inside Innovation

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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A Project-Based Learning Activity That Can Work in Any Classroom – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

In our last post, we dove into a three-step system to get students to do the talking. Getting them to open up and do the majority of talking (and learning) is not as easy as some make it out to be. In fact, for me, it was incredibly difficult. The three-step system scaffolded a way for students to take on more and more of the discussion responsibilities until they were ready to take over. Here are the three steps…

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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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How to Run A Teacher Innovation Pitch At Your School – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I want to tell you a story. During the mid 19th century the city of Chicago was in crisis. The elevation of the growing metropolis was not much higher than the shorelines of Lake Michigan. There was no natural drainage in the city and culminated in six straight years of epidemics that lead to the cholera outbreak in 1854 (that killed six percent of the city’s population). Chicago was in crisis, and in 1856 came up with a plan…

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