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Out of Eden Learn in China

Vincent Chunhao Qian recently graduated from the Human Development and Psychology master’s program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This past semester he has helped Out of Eden Learn with outreach efforts and has attended our weekly team meetings. Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to combine a visit home with a visit […]

Looking differently at the world: what older students can gain

(Until recently I was the Head of Social Studies at Crofton House School in Vancouver, Canada. This fall I take up the position of Assistant Principal at Bodwell High School, also in Vancouver.  In this second of two blog posts, I reflect on what I and my 11th grade students gained from participating in the Out […]

Looking Differently at the World: Engaging Younger Learners in the Out of Eden Walk

Tabbatha O’Donnell is a 4th grade teacher at Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach, Florida. I first learned about Paul Salopek and his journey on Project Zero’s website.  I was amazed.  How could someone walk 21,000 miles, for 7 years?  Having the opportunity to visit and learn about so many different cultures and countries […]

Learning Made Real

Jerome was focused entirely on his camera.  From his run up the hill I could see he was unaware of me as I walked our dog, Luna, at dusk in Pancho Villa State Park.  When I greeted him with a wave and a “Hey, hello!” his intent framing of a picture prevented his hearing.  Before I […]

Everybody has a story

Until recently I was the Head of Social Studies at Crofton House School in Vancouver, Canada. This fall I take up the position of Assistant Principal at Bodwell High School, also in Vancouver. In the first of two blog posts, I reflect on what I and my 11th grade students gained from participating in the […]

Life Stories and Lessons About Life

In a previous post I described how participating students interviewed someone from their neighborhood aged 50 years or older (TAPPING INTO THE KNOWLEDGE AND PERSPECTIVES OF NEIGHBORS). In those interviews students gained a new perspective on their neighborhoods. They also learned about and from the life stories of those they interviewed. Given that students were […]

Learning with the World

Rather than just being places where students learn about the world, schools are now places where students can learn with the world. I teach History in Sydney, Australia and I have been involved in various global teaching projects over the past four years: Skyping with overseas experts, connecting my students with Turkish students to discuss […]