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  • Myra LeBendig

    As a colleague and teaching partner, I can attest to the veracity of Leslie's comments and assessment of student gain. Not expressed- her methods her teaching tools don't supplement student needs but are used to deepen the tasks in other academic classes through research of world issues, web design and global problem-solution applications

  • Center for Teaching Quality

    Leslie, your emphasis on skills AND mindset is right on! Teacher Ryan Kinser wonders how to help more teachers get connected with what it takes to teach 21st-century skills (and to influence #edtech development so that everybody wins). We're eager to hear your thoughts on how to make this kind of professional development available to more teachers:

  • Erica Kleinknecht

    The skills you are teaching your students should have far reaching implications, beyond their understanding of course material - kudos to you for doing this! I've been writing about the importance of such skills on my blog too, from a cognitive and developmental psych perspective ( As well, author and "change agent" Tony Wagner writes about these issues in his 2009 book "The Global Achievement Gap" - despite the loaded title, what he discusses in the book is the need for students to attain the life-skills (or psycho0social-motivational skills) you emphasize with your students. Also a good read, for those interested in molding their teaching to prepare our current students for the future. Knowing facts only goes so far without the perseverance to put that knowledge to work and continue to grow, something I discuss further in my most recent post, and that was recently picked up in an NPR Morning edition post yesterday.

  • Jack Baldwin

    I don't have children, never wanted them actually. From an early age I understood the awesome responsibility that comes with the raising of a child. From that perspective, and a student that dropped out of both high school, and college. I look at our education system and thank the wonderful people that do their best for the kids.
    As for the system itself, lets see in the U.S. our entertainment stars make more money then most people would even really know how to manage. While the people with the job of educating our future start under 30k.
    I feel as if we need a shift in the focus our education takes.
    We as a western culture have adopted a lowest common denominator approach.
    I understand it can be tough to allow the math genius, or the sports star, or how about that one person in art class that everyone just loves their vision.
    My point is we need to encourage people to shine in every area as brightly as they can.
    How many people have made accurate predictions of what jobs will be in demand?
    How many industries have sprung up that we would have never imagined.
    As adults we want to be so sure we don't leave our children unable to cope in the world when they finally leave the nest, but we forgot it's the childlike wonder of exploration that really advances us.
    So I guess I see a need to go back and listen to the students.
    Find out what has been working for them, and what they feel they need to become them.
    Then is no problem with going through the indoctrination we have set up.
    I just don't want to kid myself it is something it's not. In our system we arn't taught effective methods of learning. We arn't even really taught the things that most people use in thier lives daily. What we really learn is a mode of thinking. which is fine if you want cogs. Mr Cogswell is more then happpy to make sure Astro has some food in the bowl, as long as you don't think outside his box. I propose we should teach people how they work. Find out what they want to learn, then teach methods of learning appropriate for them.
    Sorry for my rambling, I tend to do that.

  • Dennis Cox

    This type of educational training is vital for today's and future development. Too many schools and colleges are stuck in older methods of teaching. Education must work hand in hand with companies so both can benefit. Students must be educated in relevant subjects that are vital to the economy. Parents also must take a role in the education of their children. Basic every day skills must be passed down so students are ready and capable of facing the world and all its trials and tribulations.

  • Lisa Rau Cannon

    This is fantastic on the career-training front. In addition, teaching young students about how to do your taxes, about mortgages, 401Ks, real estate, investments, how companies/nonprofits/LLCs are structured, how vehicles work, even basic plumbing and electricity -- things that many adults face in life -- will very much help children prepare for adult life. Teaching for the information age is crucial, but the above-mentioned things (especially taxes...) are likely to always be relevant.

  • Zoe Corwin

    I have observed Leslie and her students in action. She is truly an amazing teacher doing amazing things. Now we just need the technology to clone her!

  • Ning

    Design and build collaboratively with a global team. I think that'd be a basic requirement for many jobs when my kid grows up. :-)