Joshua Block profile

Joshua Block

Humanities teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia

Public school Humanities Teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia who passionately believes in education as a tool to help people understand and transform their realities.

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  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Letting Students Succeed as Themselves

    An American teacher shares a lesson learned during time he spent in New Zealand schools.
  • Student Engagement

    Encouraging Students to Own Their Work

    Bringing choice into your classroom helps you give your students chances to create work that matters to them.
  • Education Equity

    Teaching Toward Consciousness

    To create equity in their schools, educators must seek to validate and acknowledge students, expose and reveal the unseen, encourage questioning, and facilitate reflection.
  • Student Voice

    A Student Perspective on Voice, Choice, and Meaning

    High school teacher Josh Block interviews a graduating student to examine the complex dynamic of collaboration and supporting someone else through the creative and intellectual processes.
  • Literacy

    Reimagining School Writing

    Move beyond the five-paragraph essay. Bring school writing to life through freewriting, peer reviews, and allowing students to include relevant memories and vivid descriptions.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Conversing, Consulting, and Creating

    Through quick, deep, frequent conversations, teachers can understand students' ideas and support their challenges, act as a guide, and help identify models and sources of inspiration.
  • Education Equity

    Our Students' Reality: We Can't Ignore It

    By making classrooms places where real-world work and thinking happen, we encourage inquiry, conversation, and conflict in hopes of creating something better for our students.
  • School Climate

    Turning Classes Into Communities

    By intentionally building community, respecting students' human needs, and modeling what we value, we help students experience school as a place of belonging and transformation.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Troubleshooting PBL

    The perfect PBL experience is ever-changing, so be ready to ask questions, reflect, and revamp your approach while showing complete faith in your students' abilities.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Designing Learning That Matters

    Foster deep learning experiences for your students by using inquiry, seeking lessons and projects that inspire, always asking "why?", and letting them loose on projects.