On occasion, GOA will invite guest contributors to the blog. Here, teacher and blended learning coach Tina Bessias of Durham Academy shares her experience engaging her community.  When we think of “blended learning,” we often begin with our face-to-face classes: how might digital elements augment in-person learning? This fall, at Durham Academy, we did the […]

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Students need reflection routines and time to pursue them. In our recent pop-up course, Rethinking School, an exchange between two of the more than 200 educators in the course resonated deeply with me. While considering the role of feedback and its indispensable complement — student reflection — Rob Policelli, a history teacher at Durham Academy, […]

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How might we leverage our class community to learn about and from each other? In Global Online Academy courses, students from around the world gather in online classes to explore topics they care about. With so many people, places, and perspectives in one learning community, designing for global understanding is not only possible, but important. One of […]

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Lunch in a school cafeteria is often chaotic and quick. You dodge about foraging for food, assemble a meal, try to remember to grab silverware, and get to a table with little time to enjoy whatever you’ve gathered. It’s likely you’ll also attempt to finish your math homework or study for a Spanish quiz while […]

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Time Management

What happens when teachers from a global network of schools get together to talk about feedback? A lot of great ideas, that’s what happens. Last week we brought GOA teachers together for our first series of faculty meetings of the new school year. With a faculty spread across eleven time zones, the idea of a […]

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Is collaboration becoming a term like… innovation? organic? or feminism? That is, has it come to mean everything and (potentially) nothing? Collaboration is often bandied about as a critical 21st-century skill, which amuses me, given that some of us were collaborating in the 20th century. Part of our troubles in schools may come from collaboration’s […]

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Early on I started thinking of my typography teacher, Juliet Shen, as “the doctor.” Each week during my typography class, taken several years ago at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, my classmates and I would arrive and hang our projects on a clothes line, strung along one of the classroom walls; then “the […]

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I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a new cookbook and its creators Samin Nosrat (author) and Wendy MacNaughton (illustrator). Michael Pollan, in his foreword to SALT FAT ACID HEAT: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, calls it not a typical cookbook, but more a wonderful cooking school. I agree, and beyond bolstering my […]

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The summer months bring many educators to the water, be it oceans, lakes, or swimming pools. We close our laptops, put away the required reading, and try to clear our minds. No matter how much we try to get away from it all, there is a part of our teacherly minds that stands on another […]

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What kind of learning should happen here? It’s a deceptively simple question, one that gets to the heart of why schools and other educational organizations exist. It’s also an increasingly important question as traditional modes of teaching and learning face scrutiny from a world demanding new ways of thinking and operating. It’s why GOA is […]

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