Drew Perkins

TeachThought's Director of Professional Development, formerly with the Buck Institute for Education and the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning after 15 years of classroom teaching. Passionate about the leading of learning through inquiry, I have been called a professional thought stretcher due to my love for questioning.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 173 How Can We Prepare Teachers For Deeper Learning?

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 173 How Can We Prepare Teachers For Deeper Learning? Drew Perkins talks with Maria Hyler of the Learning Policy Institute about their new book and research on preparing teachers to shift their teaching to support deeper learning. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Learning Policy Institute @LPI_Learning Book: Preparing Teachers …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 172 The Complexity Of Shortcomings In Education

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 172 The Complexity Of Shortcomings In Education Drew Perkins talks with Glenn Loury, economist, academic, author, and professor at Brown University, to get his thinking on education topics like school choice and competition and social justice issues like racial equality. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: glennloury.com @GlennLoury bloggingheads.tv – …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 171 Inspiring Collective Action In Students Around Economic Challenges

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 171 Inspiring Collective Action In Students Around Economic Challenges  Drew Perkins talks with Hilary Allen, Senior Associate at Net Impact and Community Manager of the Up To Us Competition, about their work to help inspire college students to take collective action around our nation’s economic challenges. Links & Resources Mentioned In …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 170 The Theory Of Enchantment And Connecting To Humans

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 170 The Theory Of Enchantment And Connecting To Humans Drew Perkins talks with Chloé Valdary about her Theory of Enchantment work and how it might help answer this question: What is the psychology of connection and can we use that psychology to heal and navigate the conflicts we inevitably have with …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 169 Revisiting Mindfulness, Meditation, Awareness

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 169 Revisiting Mindfulness, Meditation, Awareness Drew Perkins talks with Susan Kaiser Greenland about how mindfulness, meditation, and awareness can help students be more successful learners. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: susankaisergreenland.com, email newsletter Susan’s books on Amazon Susan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Sam Harris Waking Up The TeachThought Podcast …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 168 PBL Reflections With 3 Middle School Teachers

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 168 PBL Reflections With 3 Middle School Teachers Drew Perkins talks with three teachers from The Berkeley School, Vanessa DeNino, Tanya Madrid-Campbell, and Jeff Sandler, about their experience and reflections from a recent project-based learning unit they implemented with their students. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: The Berkeley School …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 167 Why “Anti-Bullying” Is A Problem And What Works Better

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 167 Why “Anti-Bullying” Is A Problem And What Works Better Drew Perkins talks with school psychologist Izzy Kalman about his work to help bullied kids better deal with their aggressors and why the “anti-bullying” movement is not helping. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Bullies2Buddies.com Izzy Kalman on Psychology Today …

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How To ‘Pull’ Deeper Learning Through PBL

  How To “Pull” Deeper Learning Through PBL by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD One criticism of constructivist, some might say progressive, education (and in particular PBL) is that it lacks ‘real content’ learning by students. This might be true of poor constructivist teachers in the same way that it’s likely true of poor traditional, …

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The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 166 Deeper Learning Of Math Concepts Through Social Constructivism

The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 166 Deeper Learning Of Math Concepts Through Social Constructivism Drew Perkins talks with Jennifer Chang Wathall about her concept-based curriculum and instruction and book and how we can use social constructivist teaching to teach math for deeper learning. *note -Jennifer would like to thank the co-authors she collaborated with in writing the …

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Why We Should Make It Easier–Not Harder–To Be A Teacher

Why We Should Make It Easier–Not Harder–To Be A Teacher by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD Recently, I tweeted a reflection about the challenging nature of being a teacher. Because I like to be precise with my language and thinking it struck me that the phrase “teaching is hard” isn’t quite right. If you …

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The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 165 Bridging Polarization To Improve Education Policy

The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 164 Bridging Polarization To Improve Education Policy Drew Perkins talks with Janet Tran, Director of Learning and Leadership at the Reagan Institute about their work to host productive bipartisan conversations about better education policy. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE) DuFour: In Praise of …

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The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 164 Drawing Students To Math With Authentic Purpose

The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 164 Drawing Students To Math With Authentic Purpose Drew Perkins talks with Michelle Montgomery of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and student Eric Chai of High Technology High School from the champion MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge team. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 163 Using Purpose And Fiction To Teach History More Effectively

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 163 Using Purpose And Fiction To Teach History More Effectively Drew Perkins talks with Kevin Vanzant, history instructor at Tennessee State University, about how he’s adjusted his teaching to better engage his introductory history class students. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Kevin Vanzant @ Tennessee State University Quillette: A …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 162 What Do We Really Mean By “Deeper Thinking And Learning”?

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 162 What Do We Really Mean By “Deeper Thinking And Learning”? Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Tim Simpson about classical and constructivist education and how both rely heavily on inquiry in order to get to deeper thinking and learning. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Tim Simpson – Morehead State …

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Want To Deepen Your Teaching? Attend TeachThought Grow 19, July 16-19

Are you ready to deepen your teaching? Are you excited to use Project-Based Learning to empower students? Join us at TeachThought PBL Grow 19 and develop your understanding, connect with teachers, and enjoy what Louisville, Kentucky has to offer in your downtime! Choose the July 16th optional pre-conference day “Addressing Elephants” and you’ll engage in high level …

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How Grow 19 Can Change Your Classroom or School Next Year

How Grow 19 Can Change Your Classroom or School Next Year by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD TeachThought Grow 19 Event Page Many years ago I taught in a middle school across the hall from a math teacher named Jim who perennially joked as the students walked out his door on the last day of classes, “next …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 161 Building Critical Thinking Dispositions Using Real Life Legal Cases

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 161 Building Critical Thinking Dispositions Using Real Life Legal Cases Drew Perkins talks with Colin Seale about his work as founder and CEO of ThinkLaw to help schools teach critical thinking to students. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: ThinkLaw.us @thinkLawUS ThinkLaw on Facebook @ColinESeale Larchmont Charter School Listen and …

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8 Reasons To Attend TeachThought PBL Grow 19

by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD We started this event two years ago to meet the increasing demand from individuals and groups around the world for an innovative, engaging, and powerful convergence of professional learning. We’re thrilled to build upon previous years with some new wrinkles and additions including a pre-conference day partnership with our …

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