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Raleigh Werberger

High school history and humanities teacher in New York

I have been a history, philosophy and humanities teacher for 15 years. More recently I've also been designing workshops and courses for teachers and administrators interested in project-, challenge- or problem-based learning. I spent the 2013-2014 school year living with my wife in Stuttgart, Germany at an arts academy - and as a result, I've become interested in applying the artist's creative process to both curriculum design and student work in the classroom, from brainstorming to exhibition. My book, "From Project-Based Learning to Arts-Based Research: Lessons learned from Creating an UnHappy Meal", which details a year spent with my students re-creating a Happy Meal from sustainable local products, is available on Amazon.

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    • Inquiry-Based Learning

      Arts-Based Research: Surprise and Self-Motivation

      Arts-based research is beginning an investigation without expectations and remaining open to all possibilities. Now imagine asking a ninth-grade class to deconstruct and recreate a Happy Meal.
    • Collaborative Learning

      Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

      Butcher paper and Post-it notes can help students understand the collaborative thinking that takes place on a shared Google Doc.
    • PBL Planning

      Cracking the "Ice-Breaker Project" Jinx

      Through teaching their classmates, reflecting on the experience, and refining their presentations, students learn how to create authentic, meaningful work.
    • Project-Based Learning

      Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

      Guest blogger Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.
    • Project-Based Learning

      They Do Call It a "Play," Don't They?

      Guest blogger Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, shares a lesson plan for incorporating classical Greek drama into a PBL unit and folding kinesthetic learning into a study of history and language.

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