What are Learning Pods?
What are Learning Pods?

What are Learning Pods?

In a traditional public school setting (or any large classroom-type setting), very often teachers or instructors will break up the larger group into smaller groups. But why? The answer is simple: it’s about collaboration, sharing ideas, teamwork, and, well, overall engagement. The question is rhetorical as the vast majority of traditional K–12 educated people are experienced with small group learning. And while we can see the benefits, in hindsight, it does beg the question: why isn’t a small group or “pod” learning more prevalent? Why has pod learning remained a tactic in a much larger prescribed curriculum and has not...

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A Work-from-Home Dad Learns to Educate, at Home, with Some Surprising Results
A Work-from-Home Dad Learns to Educate, at Home, with Some Surprising Results

A Work-from-Home Dad Learns to Educate, at Home, with Some Surprising Results

If I’ve learned anything from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that while there’s no playbook for dealing with the unknown, or the day-to-day household tasks of confronting our “new normal,” there is an exciting opportunity to reimagine education with my son. A long-time work-from-home dad, my experience with my children’s education was almost exclusively built around traditional schooling: helping with homework, attending conferences, shuttling the kids to and from activities etc ., etc. COVID and quarantining turned that model on its head. Education instantly changed from a more passive approach to a much more hands-on scenario. And frankly, what the...

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