Diana Laufenberg
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Mount Elden Middle School
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A farm kid from Wisconsin, I set out for Kansas 10 years ago and then onto Arizona 7 years ago. I have taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Currently, I am teaching at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, AZ. In my position there I teach on a multi-age, looping, interdisciplinary team. I love my job!

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At 3:32am on December 17, 2010, Or-Tal Kiriati said…

Hi! Just watched your TED talk and loved it!

But I do have to ask the following question:

What happens to grades and grading in this form of education?

As a parent, my main concern is with teachers who do not mark grades based on my kids' learning or process, but rather on the basis or right%wrong% in tests. A students isn't allowed to get it wrong in a test, nor does he have access to information during a test...

At 12:04pm on August 28, 2009, Donnie Smith said…
Where did you live in Kansas? I moved to Kansas from Texas. I've been to Phoenix and Tucson, but never Flagstaff. I've heard that it is awesome.
At 8:55pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Diana. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:09am on January 4, 2009, Johnathan Chase said…
Music can be a great catalyst for interdisciplinary projects and assignments.
At 3:01am on December 27, 2008, Andy Pethan said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Andy Pethan. I am a 21 year old student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin students (near Boston) who is taking a year off to pursue our interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, bringing us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school", and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested. Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. We hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.

Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.

Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out alightlearning.com, or do anything you like!

Andy Pethan
At 12:12pm on November 21, 2008, lodenco said…
At 7:33pm on November 16, 2008, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
Hell Diana, i 'm a school teacher from NEpal. I like to have teacher friends from everywhere in the world. Like to share more abt running and teaching at school. plz. anyone can skype me govinda.prasad.panthy or savschool2000@yahoo.com
Feel free to chat or mail me
At 2:43pm on April 4, 2008, Heather Zeigler said…
Hey Diana. I am just cheking out this site. Pretty cool. Are you on every social networking site on the web?
At 11:23am on September 17, 2007, Wesley Fryer said…
Great to visit with you and your class over Skype tonight from Shanghai, Diana! :-) Thanks for calling.
At 8:16pm on June 29, 2007, Steve Hargadon said…
Way to go on NPR! Wahoo!


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