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Doing Real Stuff in the Classroom
w/ Zac Chase
Science Leadership Academy

Essential Questions:

  1. What makes learning real for teachers?
  2. What can make learning real for students?
  3. What stands in the way of doing more of this?
  4. What are we going to do about it?
  5. What real stuff can we do in the classroom?

Examples of Real Stuff:

Padua : This is a ning in which my G11 students built a community through their reading of The Taming of the Shrew.
Story SLAm: This and this are pages containing stories told by students in my G12 storytelling class.
GLBTQ in Curriculum : This presentation by two G11 students tackles the gap between our school district's diversity policy and its diversity curriculum.
The Stories They Tell : This post describes a project that had G11 students interviewing new G9 students about the stories in their lives.
Letters from the Rush : This podcast from a G9 student utilizes primary sources to uncover his family's history.
Showcase : Real stuffs from across all disciplines at SLA.

Session Notes : This link will take you to a public Google Doc where you're encouraged to add your notes, thoughts, ideas and questions.

Social Sciences


I shot this video while working as part of an Education Beyond Borders team in Mbita, Kenya. It struck me then, and each time I view it, as a perfect example of what I should be doing in my classroom, but too often forget.