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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Professional Development
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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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“Kids these days.” For most people, that phrase conjures up negative images of teenagers. My experience with teenagers, and especially those in my Global Online Academy Advocacy class, is quite the opposite of that. In fact, one of my biggest concerns teaching this course is that my students are already way more active advocates than […]

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Online Learning
Student Engagement

Students and teachers too often fall into the trap of cranking out work, earning or awarding grades and moving on. Unfortunately, this leaves all parties feeling more urgency than agency when it comes to the work they do and the way they do it. In the worst cases, school becomes about completion and compliance rather than […]

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