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Nice! Will check it out.

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Nice! Will check it out.

-Nikhil

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Thanks Mark! I'd love to hear

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Thanks Mark! I'd love to hear what you're working on. Shoot me an email: ngoyal2013@gmail.com. I'd love to connect.

-Nikhil

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Thanks for your feedback!

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Thanks for your feedback!

-Nikhil

AASL 2012 Task Force on Capstone Projects

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) supports Project-Based Learning. This year, we started a Task Force on Capstone Projects:
http://capstoneprojectsalataskforce2011.wikispaces.com/.

Owner of Academic Coaching Academy

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Nice job!! I offer workshops with this exactly same motto. My workshops are mirrored with the PBL and the students love attending my workshops. I incorporate real world experience and turn them into math, reading, writing, and Science problems. Some of the time the students do not even realize they are grasping higher level concepts.
Students need to be prepared for 21st Century.

Instructional Coach in Newport News, VA

I couldn't agree more,

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I couldn't agree more, Nikhil! My son, a high school junior, would join your revolution, as well! He is currently writing a research paper in his English class on this very topic. He spent his elementary school years at a Project Based Learning school, and has wondered for 3 years why his high school years have been spent behind desks listening to teachers talking at lecterns, spending hours each night memorizing facts and figures for tomorrow's "quizzes." His love for learning, built over many years of asking questions and seeking answers, has been squelched between daily reviews and practice tests. In my 31 years as an educator, I have seen a steady increase in boredom and a steady decline in creative thinking.

Soon-to-be Certified Teacher

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As a 35-year-old student in college, I have to agree that bottom-up change is on the rise. I see so many things that would make higher education better as a result of my experience in a teacher preparation program, and as a parent of 5 children. Unfortunately, I am only one cog in the machine, finding it difficult to change things for the better. You are inspiring to me; helping me understand that I can still have an impact. Thanks for the article.

6th Grade Teacher

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Perhaps the problem is less about schools "trying the same thing over and over again," and more about the snail's pace at which schools apply innovations in curricula and technology. The classroom of today has clearly evolved from those of previous generations, but that is of little consolation because they are still disturbingly incongruous with our culture's immediacy, and little is being done to develop transferable skills that will still have efficacy when applied in an ever-changing social landscape. I agree with you that an ideological shift is long overdue, and my best hope is that the changes we make stand the test of time by providing flexibility and relevance to current and future learners. My worst fear is that change will continue to come in the form of updated but rigid structures that arrive at the station long after the train has pulled away.

Multi Grade Teacher in Stony, Plain Alberta

It is great to read an

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It is great to read an article written by someone who is still in the process of being educated and who recognizes the need for not more of the same change, but real change. I believe there is bottom up change happening amongst parents and classroom teachers, as well.

English Language Arts Educator from Columbus, Ohio

When student demand for the

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When student demand for the revolution reaches the tipping point, then the adults, textbook cartels, news media, unions, and policy makers will have no choice but to try something new, innovative, and to allow the techy youth's je ne sais quoi to be properly challenged.

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