Taking risks is a theme of the Magic Hour user conference, which is open to all academic clients of Magic Hour Communications (www.magic-hour.com)
A longtime educator, Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies and now teaches at the Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school that is a collaborative project of The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia School District. She participated in November's Mid-Atlantic region educational conference organized by TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), a 27-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." It shares videos of its annual conferences for free on http://www.ted.com and you can watch Laufenberg's TED talk here: http://www.ted.com/
In her TED talk, Laufenberg addressed the national obsession with "being right" in this way: "…Here's the thing that you need to get comfortable with when you've given the tool to acquire information to students … you have to be comfortable with this idea of allowing kids to fail as part of the learning process. We deal right now in the educational landscape with an infatuation with the culture of one right answer that can be properly bubbled on the average multiple choice test, and I am here to share with you, it is not learning. That is the absolute wrong thing to ask, to tell kids to never be wrong. To ask them to always have the right answer doesn't allow them to learn."
Before finding her way to Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor's Master Teacher Corps. She recently earned National Board Certification.
An avid blogger about education (http://laufenberg.wordpress.com/
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