Suzie Boss

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April 21, 2011

For Earth Day, teachers can find an abundance of good project ideas to get students thinking more critically about the environment. But if your goal is to inspire long-term changes that really add up, maybe it's time to step up to the...

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Tags Project-Based Learning
March 24, 2011

Recently, I watched a team of ninth-graders share their vision for a city of the future. They had clearly done their research, investigating everything from the politics of ancient Athens to the principles of sustainable design in the 21st century.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
February 17, 2011

Earlier this month, NASA announced the exciting discovery of 54 planets within the so-called "Goldilocks zone." This is where planetary conditions are not too hot, not too cold, so that liquid water can remain on the surface.

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Tags New-Teacher Support
January 31, 2011

On the eve of this year's EduCon gathering, a winter storm dumped a foot of snow on Philadelphia. That didn't deter the 600 educators who trekked in from all corners of the country, and beyond, to take part in two days of heady conversations at the...

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Tags Technology Integration
January 19, 2011

Your students may be able to update their Facebook status in a heartbeat, but can they also write a thoughtful letter to the editor, voice their opinion on a call-in radio show, or access local media to advocate for community action?

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Tags Technology Integration
December 9, 2010

When the regular school day ends at Maryland's Springbrook High School, the fun begins in earnest for girls who are part of an after-school club that focuses on game programming.

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Tags Project-Based Learning
November 26, 2010

I was talking with a group of teachers who are relatively new to project-based learning. Near the end of our conversation, one of them asked a question that took me by surprise: "When do we decide to quit?"

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Tags Teacher Leadership
November 17, 2010

Without having to board a plane or cross a time zone, I spent yesterday learning from educators working in Turkmenistan, India, Australia, and the Mentawai Islands located off the coast of Sumatra. Today, I plan to drop in on innovative educational projects underway in Afghanistan, Brazil, and...

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Tags Project-Based Learning
November 8, 2010

When the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year, teachers across the country recognized an opportunity to bring real-world applications of math and science into their classrooms. Similarly, the rescue of 33 Chilean miners has triggered student discussions...

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Tags New-Teacher Support
October 21, 2010

At the end of my street sits an aging elementary school. Brick and boxy, it's no architectural marvel. But it's the reason we moved to this neighborhood many years back. And even though my own kids have long since outgrown grade school, I can't help but do a quick scan of the playground whenever...

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