Author Archives: Jamie

About Jamie

I am currently a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at The American School in Japan.

Genius Hour 2015: Photography

I’m especially excited about Genius Hour in our middle school for the spring semester.  I’ve been assigned to “facilitate” a photography group.  While I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, I’ve never formally studied and I expect to learn a lot from … Continue reading

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A Contemporary Global Issues Simulation

This unit simulates a global community and the issues that can arise within.  It is based on contemporary world issues and models closely what actually happens in the world today, culminating in a “global council” meeting which is modeled after … Continue reading

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Design Thinking: Concept Learning Wall

Design thinking is a problem-solving protocol that many businesses have been using to create products and find viable solutions.  Currently, there is a movement among educators to apply this design protocol to education, and even extend it beyond STEM courses … Continue reading

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CoETaIL Course 5 Final Project and Reflection

Students have finished their Maasai Culture iMovies, we have received feedback via email from our Maasai representative, and we are currently awaiting feedback from Jakarta International School; the sixth grade class that is collaborating with us.  It’s been a great … Continue reading

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The Future of Learning

Since the beginning of this school year, many thought-provoking, and sometimes gut wrenching, ideas have challenged me to really think about the present model of education.  In recent weeks, I have blogged about Tony Wagner and his ideas regarding play, … Continue reading

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6th Grade Maasai Culture Project: We’re Almost There!

Two weeks into the project, 6th graders have been working hard in research teams to gather information regarding their specific topic for our Maasai Culture project and have almost completed their presentations.  Things have been running smoothly for the most … Continue reading

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Thinking About “The Finland Phenomenon”

Forbes magazine recently reviewed a documentary film by producer Bob Compton that chronicles Tony Wagner’s exploration into the Finnish school system.  Finland is ranked among the highest achieving countries based on PISA data.  The United States is ranked below the … Continue reading

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