This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like (KQED)

  Luba Vangelova of KQED News writes about The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA: The 2010 pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews. “The idea was that it was for students who could manage their time…

Essential Skills and Dispositions: Developmental Frameworks for Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Self-Direction

This set of developmental frameworks was created to facilitate discussion within communities of practice and to enhance a shared understanding of the dynamic nature of four essential skills—collaboration, communication, creativity, and self-direction in learning. The frameworks define components inherent to each skill and describe performance across a beginner to emerging expert progression, informed by research…

Making Group Work Productive

Authors Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher assert that teachers pay attention to these indicators of productive group work and suggest ways to ensure them:

  • Creative tasks
  • Joint attention to the task
  • Development of group social skills
  • Language and organizational support
  • Optimal group size and composition
  • An active teacher role

Author: Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher