Author / Garreth Heidt

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  • If We’re Not Teaching the Self, What’s the Use?

    I recently attended a conference at The Perkiomen School in East Greenville, PA on “Disrupting Education.”  Sure, it’s almost a cliché by now, this disruption thing.  However, when we’re disrupting the thing I do for a living, I’m listening.  I’m not one to sit on my laurels, trot out yesteryear’s lessons and hit replay.  If…

  • Beautifully Irrational Arguments: Wayfinding, Designing, and Staying Foolish

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow…

  • Design, Education, and Human Beings in the Becoming

    Project Wayfinder‘s Summer Institute for Teachers at Brown University has thrown me for a loop and shifted my perspective on professional development in several ways.  After twenty-five years in education, I don’t say those words lightly.  I’ve sat through too many workshops and classes where all it seemed I was supposed to do was pack…

  • PlusUs at Project Wayfinder: Purpose, Meaning, and Human Centered Design

    In a few days I will be among 50 educators from around the world attending the Project Wayfinder Teacher Institute at Brown University.  Based upon the navigational techniques of ancient Polynesian sailors, Project Wayfinder’s vision is “that all people have access to tools to create lives of meaning and purpose.”   Founded by Patrick Cook-Deegan…

  • Redesigning Education: Design for Deeper Learning

    What counts and what matters in learning?  Contrary to centuries of practice, it is not really the grades. Since April of 2017 I have been reading about and, now, practicing gradeless-ness in my high school 9th and 10th grade English classes.  Sure, I know that such a practice is not new, at least not in…

  • Redesigning Education: Iterating Towards Mastery

    I recently listened to a podcast with Scott Looney, Headmaster of the Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio, and also the founder of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.  Mr. Looney discusses not only the project-based work he has introduced at Hawken, but focuses a good deal of his time on the history and philosophy around the Mastery…