Ep. 9: 7 Ways to Inspire Engaged Learning

As technology advances, we need to adapt, learn the new way, or risk being left behind. As our homes and workplaces continue to transform, updated skill sets are required for work in the new economy. In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about redefining the role schools play in preparing our students for the future. Their discussion offers educators 7 ways to inspire engaged learning to help students succeed in the transforming job market.

True Learning Requires:

1. Interest

2. Relationship

3. Safety

What can teachers do in the classroom to inspire engaged learning?

1. Validate each student’s individuality. They are valuable as they are.

2. Create collaborative experiences.

3. Challenge the curriculum.

4. Consider mistakes as a valued part of the learning process.

5. Allow students to approach assignments according to their interests.

6. Limit the role of school in the lives of students.

7. Build an educational ecosystem involving the entire community.

Get a complete transcript of this conversation here:


A Generation of Students Caught Between Two Worlds by Pam Roy


report by the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and Dell Technologies forecasts an acceleration of this change by 2030 as human-machine partnerships redefine the workplace.  Highlights from the report include:

• 85% of the jobs that today’s learners will be doing in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.

• Today’s learners will have 8 to 10 jobs by the time they are 38, many joining as freelancers.

• Already 50 million strong, freelancers are projected to make up 50% of the workforce in the United States by 2020.

• Not only will workers have many jobs, the tasks and duties of the jobs they’ll perform will be markedly different from what they studied.

Even a full-time job does not guarantee the longevity it once did, with 4.2 years being the average length of employment overall; 2.8 years for those age 25-34. According to IFTF, the skills needed to navigate this new economy will include an entrepreneurial mindset, personal branding, networking savvy, and automation literacy.

Thomas Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late

“Well-meaning is the opposite of meaning.” Alex Vesely

Vicki Abeles’ The Gatekeeper: Math in America

Modern Parenting: The Downside of a One-sided Balance Sheet

Duncan Wardle

Michael Epstein’s Range


Kelly Notaras’ The Book You Were Born to Write

What Now? We Need to Build an Educational Ecosystem

Viktor Frankl

Dr. Shefali’s The Conscious Parent

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