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“What is School For?”

Originally posted in our January 2024 Top of Mind Newsletter. For fans of Sir Ken Robinson’s “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” TedTalk, may we introduce Richard Williams’ (Prince EA) spoken word piece, “What is School For?” A poignant reflection on what school is for the typical student, this piece goes through the ups and downs of learning in modern schooling. But what’s more, he does it while citing studies about school start times, referencing the difference between…

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“We need more problem solvers and critical thinkers for an increasingly complex world”

Originally posted in our December 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. In this thought-provoking piece from The Hechinger Report, we hear about the author’s perspective on how modern students are not being given the tools to become effective problem-solvers or critical thinkers. “The rigid structure of the traditional K-12 education system leaves little room for students to engage in real-world problem-solving scenarios. In many cases, it stifles creativity and curiosity, discouraging students from questioning established norms or…

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“Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers”

Originally posted in our December 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. In the landscape of education, Haim G. Ginott’s poignant text serves as a reminder of the teacher’s decisive influence. It underscores the teacher’s power to influence the climate of their classroom, emphasizing the responsibility to foster a positive and nurturing environment.  I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my…

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“Creating Autonomy-Supportive Learning Environments”

Originally posted in our November 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. Over the last decade or so, the role of autonomous learning in the classroom has been a subject of much discussion. But we often fail to consider the conditions that lead to this sense of control and choice that we want to see in our students. Long-time followers of ELI’s work will recognize that we are huge advocates for self-directed (autonomous) learning. Enter the work of…

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“Gen Z is the Hustle Generation”

Originally posted in our October 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. If I asked you to consider what Gen Z is most known for, you might think of TikTok dance trends, social media personas, or even online activism. But they are also rewriting the career narrative. This generation stands in stark contrast to the traditional 9-5 corporate mold, with some actively shunning the once-promised stability of such positions in favor of forging their own paths. They’re weaving…

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