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Welcome back to Big Ideas, a monthly online journal that helps educators foster authentic learning in their classrooms and schools. As you'll see, we have expanded Big Ideas dramatically, including subject-area columns and resource reviews in most subject areas. We have also added the voices of classroom teachers and students, as well as a new section called "A Community of Learners," designed to help you create and support a faculty study group around the big ideas of education.

As always, Big Ideas holds three ideas at its center:

  • Inspiration: We hope to spark creativity and innovation in curriculum design, classroom teaching, and school leadership. Each issue will introduce new ideas, highlight promising research, and provide forums where you can share your successes with colleagues around the world.
  • Usefulness: Big Ideas is not a theoretical research journal. Instead, it is a practical tool that teachers can use in designing effective and engaging learning opportunities for their students. Each edition will contain dozens of links to useful resources, offer designs that teachers can use immediately, and answer questions.
  • Professionalism: We are also committed to building the profession of teaching by sharing designs, developing our growing understanding of best practice, and inspiring each other to strive for excellence. Our goal is to build a truly professional community where information, challenges, and successes can be shared with the view to enhance educational experiences for all of our students.

Each issue of Big Ideas will focus on a key educational theme. Our first new issue focuses on "transfer," exploring the ways in which we can-and must-help our students to transfer their classroom learning to new, complex, and often unanticipated situations. Upcoming themes will include "grading," "teaching to the standards," and "learning about learning."

Our most important goal is to serve you, the educator, so we welcome and encourage your feedback on any and all aspects of Big Ideas. Email us your best design, and we might feature it as the "Design of the Month." Ask a question from our "Ask Dr. Ed.D" column. Or just send us your comments, questions, compliments, complaints, and rants. We'll do our best to make Big Ideas work for you.


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