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Michael Niehoff

Michael Niehoff is a Getting Smart Staff Writer. He is a teacher, leader, blogger and student advocate. Connect with him on Twitter: @mwniehoff

Mid-Year Reflections, Redos, Reboots and Restarts

It’s December now and we’re focused a lot on finishing strong before our breaks. Facilitators and learners need that winter break. But what will be different in January when we all return? Anything? A new calendar could mean a lot of new things. Let’s not it just be a new number. When students return in January, what is their learning going to look like, feel like and ultimately be like? Mid-year is the perfect time for a whole new year.

Service Learning: Think Global, Act Local

Many educators are trying to do more inquiry and project-based approaches, connect more to their communities, allow students to experience relevant and engaging academic work, collaborate with diverse partners and have students address real-world problems or challenges. As Michael Niehoff explains, this is where service learning, like all good pedagogies, can be all-encompassing.

Educating the Whole Child Through PBL

Project-based learning has been touted as the pedagogical cure-all for many things. Indeed, I have long argued it’s the ultimate instructional...

6 Ways to Inject Creativity Into PBL

In his latest post, Michael Niehoff explores six ways that one could infuse creativity into a project-based learning environment.

Cultivating the Culture of Creativity

One of the Four C’s that is particularly routinely referenced and seen as foundational to our students’ future success is creativity. This post shares some strategies for building a culture that supports students as they develop this essential trait.

SmartStart: Starting the School Year Off Right

If we focus on anything but academics to start the school year - such as culture, opportunity, creativity, relationships and the “why” - we may actually produce a more academically successful student and school year. This post explores how to make that happen.

9 Ways To Make Student Work Authentic

Making learning more “real” has long been a goal of those who have promoted everything from project-based learning to career technical education. Both learners and learning facilitators want learning where the ‘why’ is an integral part of the process. It’s this desire to be “real” that has now found its way into our vernacular as “authenticity”.