The most recent edition of Inside Trinity is in your mailboxes. Kudos to Liz Ball, Trinity’s Director of Communications, for another excellent publication. And cheers to Brandi, Eugene, and Jan for their impressive cover photo! This Inside Trinity issue is certainly one that focuses on 21st century pedagogy and technology. But what resonates most (for me) is that Trinity has been, is currently, and will always be a school which focuses on the child and his or her learning and growth as an individual. I hope you’ll take time to read the articles at some point. You’ll learn a lot about the school and your colleagues…and you’ll be proud as well.
Here are the Weekly Learning Links for the week of April 23rd:
- Flattening the School Walls by Liana Heitin (shared by Pat Kerner) — An inspiring article about an outside-of-the-box school in Oregon. As Trinity moves toward a greater focus on project/challenge-based learning, “Horn describes project-based learning as working down Bloom’s taxonomy instead of up. The students are given a task that requires higher-order thinking skills—often to create something—and they must learn and practice lower-level skills along the way. Whether or not students realize it, the standards are embedded into the projects from the start. Horn and his teachers map out each project on a matrix, with the content subjects on the horizontal and phases of the project on the vertical.” How might we incorporate our Enviroscape more purposefully?
- The Importance of Frustration in the Creative Process, Animated by Maria Popova — Stories of creativity often leave out the negative emotions and experiences associated with them. This short animated video provides an excellent support to the idea that “before we can find the answer — before we can even know the question — we must be immersed in disappointment.”
- Behind Instagram’s Success, Networking the Old Way — A few weeks ago, Instagram (the popular social photography app) was bought by Facebook for 1 billion dollars. This NYT article, though it’s lengthy, examines the twenty-something founders’ story of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Educators can learn from the focus on risk-taking and relationships…two central aspects to the success story.
And speaking of flattening school walls, the creative process, risk-taking, and relationships, check out the 10 minute story of nine-year-old Caine Monroy and his arcade made entirely of old, discarded cardboard boxes.