Sawyer Henshaw

Authentic Education Consultant

Sawyer Henshaw (she/her) is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Scripps College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. Sawyer has worked in education for the past five years, teaching in Kindergarten, third, fourth, and sixth-grade classrooms across California. As an educator, she is dedicated to creating safe classroom spaces for students to feel seen, supported, and inspired by prioritizing equity and emphasizing in-depth understanding through the UbD framework. In her free time, Sawyer enjoys reading and writing literary fiction and taking her dog, Elk, on hikes.

Sawyer’s Work

Check out some of Sawyer’s recent posts to the Authentic Education blog.

Merely the word “assessment” can inspire a wave of dread in students and, if we’re being honest, educators. Students picture “TEST” written in block letters at the top of a long worksheet with too many words and tiny font. Teachers picture the hours of grading and […]
When designing curricula using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework, I constantly revisit how academic learning reflects the “real world.” While K-12 classrooms aim to equip students for the future, a belief in this principle alone is insufficient to ensure that learning actually reflects the “real […]
EdWeek’s “The Teaching Profession in 2022 (in Charts)” article by Madeline Will explored the challenges that teachers faced in 2022 and what it means for teaching and learning in 2023 and beyond. AE’s Sawyer Henshaw offers her take on how connecting with our students through the […]

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