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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Incorporated (May 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996989544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996989541
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You won't like this book, you will love it. Once you begin this book your pedagogy will be completely changed. You won't go back to the way you were teaching before. Not because you aren't be able to, but because you won't want to.

I am a personal fan of the resources, personal stories, and doodles. I found myself wanting to highlight and doodle along the way to capture my journey, but also share with others. A must read for every teacher. This book doesn't leave you asking "now what?" It delivers solutions you can use tomorrow.
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Teacher JOY!

Students begging to be given MORE time to work on a project during the last week of school. This was our classroom reality due entirely to my year of being brave AND this book, LAUNCH . One week after getting the book and one of the authors, Juliani, generously giving me the videos that most have to pay for, I went for it!

Closed set of boxes at the front of class with a sign that stated, DO NOT OPEN, was the first step - my idea to get the students energerized to keep on learning and growing to the very last moment. It was out for a day and the students were chomping at the bit. On Day 1 we completed the first four steps and got started on the fifth part of the LAUNCH cycle.

Each student got a packet and then we watched the Super Hero City video - the Look, Listen, and Learn part of the cycle. The Seat Selector (yes, that is one of our classroom jobs I got from Learn Like a Pirate by Paul Solarz (#LearnLAP). There were oohhs and ahhs during the video and then hands shot up because their imagination engine had been ignited. Next came the Ask Tons of Questions phase - there were a ton and usually my answer was, "It's your Super Hero City, you decide." As predicted the students were anxious to begin building, but first each individually begin thinking about their Super Hero City - what was it going to look like, who were their super heroes, what were their powers, who were their arch-enemy. I always use a timer because it builds in focus.

Then they shared their ideas as a group with one person facilitating the discussion, so that all got an opportunity (Another wonderful idea from #LearnLAP). EVERYONE shared, trust me, this project is a sure-fire winner in student engagement.
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I believe Launch is the book education has been waiting for. Every single person in education has times when they feel they are not creative. This book is about breaking through the barriers and building ways to bring out creativity, rather than just relying on having it or not. With the maker movement becoming all the buzz in education, this book should be required reading because the framework ensures that you'll not just be "making a mess" but instead providing students the ultimate learning process and experience... and encouraging them to change the world. Not only does this book clearly lay out HOW to make it all happen, but it weaves in practical advice how to make it happen even WITH all of the other requirements we have in education. A great read and a great book to help you think about the right kind of learning in your classroom. Your future students will be glad you read it.
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What an outstanding resource for effectively utilizing design thinking in our schools! With equal parts inspiration and implementation, the reader is given a wealth of amazing tools to immediately begin the process. The ideas in this book can be applied to classrooms of all age levels and content. "Our impact is not always what we say or what we do, but instead what we EMPOWER our students to say and do while they are in our classrooms--so they can make a dent in the universe right now and always." I'm ready to take the pledge to LAUNCH with my students! Thank you so much to John Spencer and A.J. Juliani for sharing your story so that we can all be better for our students!
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It was a great read. Total paradigm shift for me. I have always worried about my empathy in the classroom, but never thought to incorporate it into the learning process. I really appreciate the conversational tone when dealing with something that could be really dry in the wrong hands. Great work.
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Such a great read for any teacher! AJ and John did an incredible job using stories and anecdotes to share easy to use design thinking strategies that any classroom teacher can apply. They also share a ton of materials and resources that teachers can adapt to any classroom situation. I highly recommend this book to any teacher looking to start their journey to introduce more creativity in the classroom.
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This book really solidified my understanding of helping students own their learning and encouraging adventures far beyond what I could have come up with on my own. Great book for educators investigating or right in the middle of project-based or expeditionary learning.
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LAUNCH is a must read! A.J. Juliani and John Spencer have created a well thought out and practical guide for teachers and administrators interested in building a culture to help their students and schools meet the demands of today's complex society. By not only debunking the reasons 'why kids cannot....' and giving us clear, easy to understand language for students to learn the design thinking process so 'they can...', LAUNCH is applicable at every level. LAUNCH is filled with project ideas, examples, questions, sentence stems, and step by step guides that make it one of those rare, yet powerful resources that can immediately be applied to the classroom.
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