Resources

Learning Personalized Resources are carefully selected to represent information and ideas in support of our unwavering belief in the capacity of students, failure as an essential part of growth, and the contributions that can happen when we provide space for students to pursue questions. Want to add something to the list? Contact us so we can check it out!

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Student Resources

  • Want to start planning out an entrepreneurial idea? Use adVentureCanvas to help you think about the components.
  • Take action! Visit Ashoka’s Youth Venture to view current youth-led ventures that are happening. You can also propose one of your own.
  • What motivates you? What are you interested in? What are you passionate about? Use these student-tools to help you figure out and clarify what your aspirations and impact.
  • What can kids do? Take a look at this site to see featured student projects that made a difference.
  • In this powerful article by Amanda Ripley — “Why Kids Should Grade Teachers” the author concludes that students are more reliable than any other known measure of teacher performance. Do teachers ever ask you to give them feedback? Contact us to share how or what types of questions they ask.
  • A discovery search engine for meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity.
  • Looking for service project ideas? Check out Volunteer Match or Global Youth Service Day or Kid World Citizen to get started.
  • There is an APP for that! Two that we are loving right now: APPS that track daily accomplishments and events: Wonderful Day and Replay My Day
  • YouTube Playlist for Kids: check out our ongoing curation of videos to inspire you. Contact us to recommend a video to the community.

 

Parent Resources

  • Just Start: Take action, embrace uncertainty, create the future (2012) describes that in today’s environment, where change is the only constant, it’s a question everyone must answer. Just Start distills for you the very essence of what makes people successful in today’s volatile environment. This book is your guide to achieving your goals—whether your project is professional or personal, or somewhere in between.
  • Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC on Unmotivated Child? 6 Ways to Get Your Child Going: The simple truth is that you cannot motivate another person to care but your role as a parent is to inspire and influence.
  • Sarika Bansal on “The Power of Failure“: An article that illustrates what you learn from the experience and how that can be a good thing when it comes to getting a job.
  • Creativity Apps to Inspire Kids: These Apps will surely encourage your child’s creativity and inspire them to tap into their imagination
  • Adora Svidak’s TED Talk declares that a child’s big, audacious dreams deserve high expectations from adults.
  • Blog posts all devoted to nurturing children’s minds as future innovators: ask questions, view research, see powerful quotes from great thinkers, doers, and creators.
  • Failure as a teachable moment.  First, this All Pro Dad article helps fathers how to encourage their children by turning failures into teachable moments. Second, an excellent read from Jessica Lahey about the ugly truth on how over protecting your child from failures can actually do more harm than good.
  • Christina Pilkington of Interest-Led Learning shares how developing curiosity in kids can lead them to explore, discover and learn more. Take a peek at how these awesome interest-led learning families did it!
  • Playful Learning is a website that contains fun lessons, ideas and activities contributed by parents like you on how to turn family time into learning through play and playing to learn
  • All Terrain Brain is a website that helps kids ages 8-12 develop the self-confidence, perseverance, motivation, and creative thinking skills that are all part of being an entrepreneur.
  • Kidworth was started by parents who wanted to build a platform to teach kids responsibility and encourage them to work towards their own goals.
  • There is an APP for that! Two that we are loving right now: APPS that track daily accomplishments and events: Wonderful Day and Replay My Day
  • YouTube Playlist for Parents: check out our ongoing curation of videos to inspire you. Contact us to recommend a video to the community.

 

Educator Resources

We want our students to tap into their desires and take action as part of their curricular and co-curricular programs. But as educators, we are also responsible for designing and evaluating performance. This is a growing library of meaningful, authentic tasks that capture student interest and align with curricular expectations. This collection can be used in several ways: to demonstrate to your colleagues that you can “teach the content” AND create meaningful, authentic tasks that are driven by student desire; to use these tools as a model for students to inspire independent projects as part of their course study; to use these tools as an option for students if it awakens a desire in them.

Other Resources for Educators

  • Want to see one vision of schools in the future? Fascinating book by Charles Schwan and Beatrice McGarvey (2011). Inevitable Mass Customized Learning: Learning in the age of empowerment.
  • Challenge-Based Learning provides project ideas where there is enough space for students to be creative and self-directed and at the same time are provided with support, boundaries, and checkpoints to avoid frustration.
  • Beyond the Bubble offers innovative assessments that gauge historical thinking in easy-to-use, classroom-friendly ways.
  • Need support in gathering and acting on feedback? Check out this page from the University of Sydney to get started.
  • Anne Knock’s blogs on learning everywhere today. This one is especially compelling on innovative learning spaces.
  • Ewan McGregor’s blog post on what students are capable of if we just get out of their way.
  • YouTube Playlist for Educators: check out our ongoing curation of videos to inspire you. Contact us to recommend a video to the community.

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