The best educational leaders are lifelong learners. They are constantly expanding their knowledge, refining their skills, and looking for creative ways to help kids learn. As these four principals look back at 2016, they recall the most important ed tech lesson they learned this year—and look forward to inspiring their staff and students anew in 2017.
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As 2016 drew to a close, we asked educators in variety of positions to reflect on what they have learned this year. Here, a quartet of superintendents offer thoughts on leadership, PBL, and the challenges of turning around schools and districts.
How can the consideration for an audience enhance performance-based learning?
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.
Graphical representation of data is a concept developed throughout the K-12 mathematics curriculum that has broad applications in the real world. Data graphs are used to communicate information in almost every sector of the workforce and it’s important that students understand not only how to create these visuals but also interpret the data within them.
It is not hard to see shape in the world- all one has to do is look at their surroundings to discover that the world around us is composed of shapes. From architecture to art, from letters to numbers, the shape of an object is the often the identifier by which people recognize the world around them. Logos such as CBS, Microsoft, and Batman are recognized as much for their shape as for their design. Structures around the world such as the Great Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower are recognized for their shape.
Project Based Learning can help teachers extend the classroom beyond the school walls. Frequently, projects can be extended to engage the internal and external school community. These projects can help provide partnerships that allow students the opportunity to work pro-actively with community partners.