On occasion, GOA will invite guest contributors to the blog. Here, Paulette Unger, Upper School Science Teacher at Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES), shares how teaching online with GOA helped her design better discussions, online and on campus.  The best online discussions don’t look that different from the best in-person discussions. When it comes to any discussion, […]

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Instructional Design
Student Engagement

How might we use what we learn to raise awareness about issues that matter? Young people want to be — and believe they can be — changemakers. Learning experiences that tap into this passion for social justice don’t just engage students in deeper learning, but help them create content they can use to advocate for […]

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Making Connections
Student Engagement
Student Experience

It’s time to stop talking about blended learning. For more than a decade, I’ve been integrating technology into my teaching. For the last four years, I’ve been working almost entirely in the online learning environment. And, the more time I spend immersed in technology, the less time I spend thinking or talking about blended learning. […]

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Student Engagement
Student Experience

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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Making Connections
Professional Learning
Student Engagement

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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Student Engagement
Competency-Based Learning
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Student Experience

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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Online Learning
Student Engagement
Making Connections
Instructional Design
Student Experience

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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Competency-Based Learning
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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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Instructional Design
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Student Engagement

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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Student Engagement
Instructional Design
Competency-Based Learning
Making Connections
Student Experience

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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