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Hawken teachers are equal part experts and investigators. Read their latest questions and discoveries about how best to educate students for an unscripted world.

Old Smart vs. New Smart

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The information age needs to birth its own new model to educate students for the jobs of the future (or really the present as this shift is already underway). In other words, we need to ask what our children need to do to begin preparing for this new age.

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To Be a Neighbor

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We want to build community with our neighbors by showing up each and every day whether for a quick chat, or when it matters most. We want to learn about our neighbors’ lives through listening and sharing authentically.

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If I Were Actually Honest With Parents

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One of the questions I get from concerned parents from time to time is, “Will they learn the same things in this class that students are learning in the other classes?” I usually send a long explanation of the goals of the class and the skills we’ll be working on, but I’m always tempted to respond with an email that just says, “No.”

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The “F” Word

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No, not that f-word. I’m talking about failure — though, in the education world, I’m pretty sure the word “fail” elicits more horror than its other four-letter counterpart…  

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Mastery Learning 101: Five Days in the Toyshop

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Mastery-based teaching gives education back to the people who instinctively want to learn, to create, to solve problems. It says to kids, “This is yours. We’re here to help. Go make something useful for those people over there.” And remarkably and without fail, they do….

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Teachers are Furniture

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I think this is why students are so amazed to see their teachers walking down a sidewalk or shopping in the supermarket. It’s like finding your dining room table in someone else’s house. That would be weird. You would wonder how it got there. You wouldn’t be entirely sure how to talk about it…

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School Is Stupid: How I Became a Teacher

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When I was a teenager, I thought school was pretty stupid. I mean, I understood the general idea – school was supposed to provide me with an education, which meant that I would be able to know things and do things in the future based on the classes I was taking day-to-day. But I couldn’t imagine a world where I would need to know any of this stuff…

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But Is it Rigorous Enough?

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“She can’t go there. It’s not rigorous enough.” This was my wife’s verdict after we visited a potential daycare. At the time our daughter was three months old.“ You’ll make an excellent independent school parent,” I told her….

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Build a Better Box

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Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed students become increasingly stressed as their performance seems to carry more weight in determining a less predictable future…

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Success Stories

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A story you may have heard before: A traditionally great high school student goes to college. Student A took all of the AP classes she could cram into her schedule…

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