Category Archives: Outside GHS

What happens when you ask a fish to climb a tree? A look at differentiation and the High Tech High model

Built into High Tech High’s design principles is the idea of personalization, which they define as “knowing students well, tapping into student experience and interests, and building a strong sense of community.” When you walk around the halls of HTH, … Continue reading

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Think you’re doing PBL? You might not be.

Over the last couple days at High Tech High, I’ve honed my own internal description of what project-based learning really is. I’ve realized that “projects” we do are sometimes more appropriately classified as activities. As we hold up PBL as … Continue reading

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EXPLORING THE ADJACENT POSSIBLE (AND THE WARM WEATHER OF SAN DIEGO)

Ever since I joined the Innovation Lab team, I’ve heard about High Tech High (HTH), a network of public charter schools in San Diego. The other InLab team members who visited last year described it in quasi-religious language, a mythical … Continue reading

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Work Time at High Tech High

Imagine the feeling you get when you walk into a trendy coffee shop or a new space in a friend’s home. You can imagine yourself being productive, losing yourself in a book, or on an endless internet search for something … Continue reading

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A Visit to New York City’s iSchool

On October 3rd, I had the opportunity to visit the iSchool in New York City, a high school “dedicated to equipping students with the skills necessary for success and leadership in the 21st century.” After navigating the complex maze of … Continue reading

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Our Trip to Springfield Renaissance School

Two Fridays ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Renaissance School in Springfield, MA with a team of teachers from GHS.  The school is considered a magnet school within the Springfield school district.  Its population is typically urban, with a high … Continue reading

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Sarah’s visit to Drexel University’s ExCITe Center

Tuesday I had the opportunity to spend the day at Drexel University’s ExCITe (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies) Center in Philadelphia.  The center’s mission: to bring together “faculty, students, and entrepreneurs from engineering, fashion design, digital media, performing arts, computer … Continue reading

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Sarah’s Visit to MIT’s D-Lab

While visiting Boston with some friends, Sarah arranged to take a tour of MIT’s D-Lab, where she met with the director of their Youth Outreach program.  During their tour, Sarah got a peak at how they arrange a learning space … Continue reading

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Amped Up

This post is part of a series written by Kyaiera and Christina during their experience at High Tech High’s Summer Institute.  In the song “Radio Nowhere,” Springsteen sings, “This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?” In her presentation … Continue reading

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A Community of Questioners

This post is part of a series written by Kyaiera and Christina during their experience at High Tech High’s Summer Institute.  On Monday, following a little breakfast time strategic planning with Christina and an inspiring keynote speech by Larry Rosenstock it … Continue reading

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