Teachers must create environments where students are free to learn about learning, and free to fail as well. This requires the adoption of student-centered techniques that facilitate creativity and innovation. Colin R. Lang is a teacher, mentor, and coach. He is in his ninth year at Alamo Heights High School where he teaches the innovative, project-based (SystemsGo) Aerospace Studies program. He has served as mentor to new teachers, coach, and presenter at science and technology conferences, as well as lead trainer and instructor for the SystemsGo program. Mr. Lang has received several awards including First Year Teacher of the Year (NISD), Spot- light on Excellence Award (AHISD), Texas High School Rugby Coach of the Year, and finalist in the HEB Excellence in Education and Trinity Prize. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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