CTL’s Vision of Schooling Includes Project Based Learning

CTL’s Vision of Schooling Includes Project Based Learning

One of our goals at CTL is to advance a vision of schooling that engages all students in interesting and rigorous work, develops their talents and abilities, and prepares them for college and career.  That sounds like a tall order, but we know from our 20 years of...
Artful Thinking and Project Based Learning

Artful Thinking and Project Based Learning

You are probably asking yourself, what is Artful Thinking? We at CTL asked ourselves the same question as we sought to define how the arts play a critical role in PBL classrooms. We established Artful Thinking as a way of supporting students in approaching learning,...
Art has the power…

Art has the power…

When someone asks me why the arts are important to learning, I usually respond by describing my own experience in using the arts to excite learners. One such experience follows.  Here is the scene: A narrow, windowless room in an urban middle school, with twelve desks...
Questioning: Is Teaching a Science or an Art?

Questioning: Is Teaching a Science or an Art?

Recently I recorded and posted a great Google Hangout on our YouTube channel with Jill Ackers of the Dallas Spanish House in which we explored project based learning in her elementary and pre-K Spanish immersion school. One of the things we touched on was how...