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How Refreshing!

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It is refreshing to hear that there are schools across the country that value authentic learning experiences over teaching to a test. This type of learning promotes critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry. I was impressed by the student samples you shared in your post, along with the video clip and youtube link. I agree completely with the impact authentic learning has on all learners, including adults. The learning experiences described reflect 21st Century SKills that prepare students for the workforce.

Secondary Education student in Chicago

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Too often, schools withhold meaningful work -- work that would not only engage and interest students but allow them to genuinely impress peers and adults with what they can do -- from young people until they can show us they have mastered "basic skills." Instead, we could do as Berger advocates and weave basic skill acquisition into complex, open-ended projects that also engage students' sense of social, ethical, and aesthetic values. Given work that is worth doing, many students (not just the gifted ones) can create products that are worth seeing, sharing, and even archiving. Thanks for posting this, Edutopia.

Here’s an educator who

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Here’s an educator who virtually carries his students along with him! Share the interesting student work he carries and discuss it on the anonymous social channel. http://bit.ly/YmtokA

Teach speaking skills first!

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What we haven't been obsessed with is teaching effective communication skills to showcase the projects well. "Planning, problem solving and working collaboratively" are certainly going to be valued but year after year verbal communication tops the list of the skill employers value the most. I watch the videos and believe that students are capable of doing much more as speakers. For more on this, read http://edge.ascd.org/_Don39t-hit-record-yet/blog/6489296/127586.html

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