Turn students into learning superheroes!

Like we see in the movies, no two superheroes learn to use their powers in the exact same way. Each of your students has superpowers hidden inside, and you hold the keys to unlock them. With this cutting-edge handbook, you'll turn your classroom into a place where students don't just receive an education—they use their powers to create it.

Discover specific, ready-to-use instructional journeys designed to foster an inquiry-based, student-driven learning environment. Each research-based journey: Supports one of the six student superpowers: Wondering, Curating, Designing, Digital Inking, Gaming, and Connecting; Encourages students to think deeply; as required by the CCSS and NGSS; Includes step-by-step lesson frameworks, aligned with the Common Core, that fit into your regular day

Tear through the obstacles of achievement and show your students that anything is possible!

“Ferguson and Swanson explain why tapping into student competencies is imperative and show the road-map for matching engaging activities to specific standards. So many books on the market explain why a shift is needed; this one gives you the tools to do it.”

—Erin Klein, Teacher

Michigan Reading Association, Bloomfield Hills

Unleashing Student Superpowersis an amazing resource for the creation and enhancement of student-centered classroom environments that focus on high-level questioning, inquiry, and passion-based learning. Each Superpower theme provides linkages to the Common Core and flexible lesson plans that promote relevant skills for students' learning.”

—Victoria Olson, Teacher

West Langley Elementary School, Canada

The Student Superpowers

The student superpowers



As shared in Chapter 1, there are six student superpowers that we need to unleash:

  • Wondering
  • Curating
  • Connecting
  • Digital inking
  • Designing
  • Gaming

The Student Superpowers

The Wondering Student Superpower

The Wondering Student Superpower happens when students ask thoughtful questions that may or may not have singular answers. By encouraging kids to wonder, we ask them to think carefully about their environment, their interactions, and their reality.

The Curating Student Superpower

The Curating Student Superpower happens when students synthesize information from various sources to generate understanding and new ideas. Students can seek in many different places, both in person and digital.

The Connecting Student Superpower

The Connecting Student Superpower happens when students consider their ...

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