Author Archives: Brian Walach

Why InLab?

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Innovation Lab is a project based learning program that was created to help students succeed and learn based on interest. Students are able to share their learning in a way that interests them, which will give student the…

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Student Spotlight

This week, we’d like to share excerpts from our students’ blogs and some photos from class. We encourage you to follow the links to their full post and leave them a comment. The list of sophomore and junior blogs can … Continue reading

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Tomatoes with a side of Precalculus

At 7:32 this morning, I emailed Pierce, a junior, this photo of his project: Pierce, 7:38: NOOOOOO Me, 9:29: Google what the issue is with droopy plants? Pierce, 10:34: It was not enough watering. Found the problem with the sprinklers. Will … Continue reading

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Sustainable Learning

On their last day of summer, Kathryn and Sofia came to school to work on a project from a class they finished over two months ago. In February, they started researching methods of removing the salt from saltwater. When they didn’t … Continue reading

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Final Exams and PoLs

Last week, a brilliant math student asked me, “Am I going to have to explain this for the final? Because I can do it, but I don’t think I could explain it.” She asked because, for honors midterms in January, … Continue reading

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Community

On Friday morning, my department head asked me what I was most proud of during the first year of Innovation Lab. I told her that watching students exhibit their work – at the Bruce Museum, at National History Day – were … Continue reading

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Prototyping

One year ago, where I am sitting right now, twenty-eight desks were arranged in rows and columns facing the front. There were a few stock posters of Italy and a bowl with old Spanish pesos on top of a dusty … Continue reading

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Making at Deeper Learning 2016

This morning, Courtney swapped her usual dry-erase marker for a butane torch. About half-an-hour earlier, we had a choice to go to sessions and discuss topics generated by attendees. Or to make stuff. Courtney, a Humanities teacher, spent Wednesday at workshops about brain training … Continue reading

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Sources of Inspiration

After a thrilling week and a well-deserved break, we began the week by organizing a few activities around our third quarter motif, Inspiration. Our scheduling allows students to meet as one large group during blocks where both STEM and Humanities classes are in … Continue reading

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Under Pressure: Bruce Museum Exhibition

I was at our school’s ‘student stress committee’ meeting yesterday. It’s big enough to be covered by local press. So, when Jari showed up at the door looking for me, I had the same feeling you have when your cell … Continue reading

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