©2019 by Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

January 24, 2019

Are we impressed by…
1. High test scores
2. Good grades
3. High GPA
4. Compliant behavior
5. Perfect attendance

Or are we impressed by…
1. Creating outside the box
2. Communicating effectively
3. Sincerity
4. Integrity 
5. Grit

As educators, which list impresses you th...

September 28, 2018

At one time or another, we have all faced an experience that forced us to choose to conform to expectations or to challenge them head-on.  Maybe it was finding your niche in school, being presented with a restrictive set of rules, or being asked to abide by social and...

September 7, 2018

Communication and storytelling have been gaining a lot of attention lately, especially their role in the classroom. This makes sense as effective communication is the foundation of human interaction. Many view communication as the most important sk

ill for success as st...

September 7, 2018

Creativity is not only essential to school, but essential to a fulfilling life. Creativity is the ability to connect previously disconnected thoughts and ideas together in new more powerful ways. It allows us to fully express the joy, awe, and wonder in the world aroun...

September 7, 2018

Imagine how motivated students would be if we stopped assigning work and instead provided opportunities for them to create amazing things that make them feel proud. That’s what we strive to achieve through authentic learning experiences.

Authentic learning starts when s...

How can we create opportunities for students to engage in productive discourse while building creativity and communication skills? Exposure to fun and interesting projects that lead to student-created videos is a solid foundation, but what’s more important is that such...

May 15, 2018


We often hear about, and many of us openly attest to, the value of two essential skills today’s students will need to succeed beyond high school: creativity and critical thinking. Additionally, there are movements afoot that encourage teachers to provide students with...

April 1, 2018

Project-Based Learning (PBL) provides experiences through which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Additionally, it allows studen...

April 1, 2018

Formative assessments are intended to help students grow in their learning by providing evidence of their proficiency with particular content standards or skills by use of specific feedback. Traditionally, formative assessments come in the form of quizzes, homework, wr...

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