Which skills are going to be on the test?

By // April 5, 2017

The following is a repost of a piece by Seth Godin. “23 things artificially intelligent computers can do better/faster/cheaper than you can.” This is worth reading and considering, and hopefully the point is clear. Is a standard school curriculum preparing students for the future? At LightHouse we believe that the most important skills for students to develop are: learning how … Read More

Authenticity and Opportunity

By // October 18, 2016

One of my very favorite things about teaching at LightHouse is the organic nature of how our classes develop. As a teacher, I enter the classroom with a set of goals in mind, but really the class curriculum is best developed in an emergent fashion. That is to say that I derive the content of the class from the interests and … Read More

Learning beyond the classroom

By // June 5, 2015

NPR recently did a piece about a public school teacher in Vermont who began taking her class outside and into the forest every Monday–”Forest Monday” she called it. The teacher had no set curriculum, no agenda, and no pre-determined outcomes. The goal was simply to provide a regular, unstructured learning experience that being confined to a classroom all day could not. I encourage you to … Read More

Is STEM education “dangerous”?

By // April 2, 2015

We hear a lot about so-called STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) these days in conversations about education. Over the past decade there has been a noticeable national shift toward focusing on improving our input–educational programs and resources–and output–successful graduates–within STEM areas. As the United States lags behind other countries in certain measures of student performance in these fields, there … Read More