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TeachThought's Director of Professional Development, formerly with the Buck Institute for Education and the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning after 15 years of classroom teaching. Passionate about the leading of learning through inquiry, I have been called a professional thought stretcher due to my love for questioning.

Moving Students From Consumers To Creators To Contributors

Moving Students From Consumers To Creators To Contributors by Drew Perkins, Director of Teachthought Professional Development *this blog was originally published at TeachThought PD The oft-shared John Dewey quote “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” is one that resonates with progressive educators around the world. Our education system however, seems to […]

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Making Thinking Visible: The Story Of A Sketchnoter

Making Thinking Visible: The Story Of A Sketchnoter By guest author, Reshan Richards *this was originally published at the TeachThought PD blog. Before I even learned about sketchnoting, Explain Everything was available on the App Store for almost 2 years. I was at a conference for Apple Distinguished Educators and Brad Ovenell-Carter from Vancouver was […]

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Ep. 58 Lessons From Second City Improv To Improve Teaching And Learning

Ep. 58 Lessons From Second City Improv To Improve Teaching And Learning by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 58 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Second City’s Executive Vice President Kelly Leonard, about his book, Yes, And and how we might use the lessons from improv to improve teaching and […]

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Ep. 57 How Can Teachers Move Students Of Poverty To Middle Or Upper Class?

Ep. 57 How Can Teachers Move Students Of Poverty To Middle Or Upper Class? by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 57 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with author Eric Jensen about his book, Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change (Raising Achievement for Youth at Risk) and how he believes […]

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How Great Teaching And Learning Grow Under The PBL Umbrella

Growing Great Teaching And Learning Under The PBL Umbrella Framework by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development *this blog was originally published at TeachThought PD “You mean I have to throw out all the work that I’ve done to refine my teaching over the years?” Our PBL workshop facilitators hear this question, or something similar, […]

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Ep. 56 How Google Is Winning The #Edtech Battle For America’s Classrooms

Ep. 56 How Google Is Winning The #Edtech Battle For America’s Classrooms by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 56 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Ainsley O’Connell, Staff Writer at Fast Company, about the battle between Google, Microsoft and Apple for America’s classrooms as well as trends and challenges in the […]

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Ep. 55 How Can EdTech Help Build Knowledge And Critical Thinking?

by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 55 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Quizlet CEO Matthew Glotzbach about his Edtech journey that includes stints at Google and YouTube as well as how apps like Quizlet can help build critical thinking through better understanding of knowledge. Also discussed was the new international […]

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8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started

  8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development *this blog was originally published at TeachThought PD The process of designing and implementing project-based learning can be fairly complex. A big part of that complexity is the shift toward inquiry that uncovers learning as you use PBL to […]

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