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Posts from the ‘Constructed Response’ Category

The Audience in Authentic Performance

As an emerging teacher I had a strong passion for project-based teaching and learning. I taught the life sciences, and this strategy made a great deal of sense to me. My students were engaged and were mostly interested in the classroom content and using it to help develop their products. I did not realize my issue with this strategy until years later as a facilitator of professional learning. My problem was that whenever I assigned a project, my students were creating this product for me. I had neglected an important aspect of project-based learning; the audience.

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Food, Farms, and Community

Farming practices are continually being adjusted and debated. One practice that is becoming increasingly popular for farmers and consumers is sustainable farming. “Sustainable agriculture provides high yields without undermining the natural systems and resources that productivity depends on.

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Energy, Society, and the Environment

Much debate continually occurs related to the best ways to meet the energy needs of cities, countries, and the world. In early November the United States and China agreed to a deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years.

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