Admittedly, I have never loved poetry. I think a big part of this is that I thought that I always had to analyze it the “right way.” I was always taught to determine what the author’s message was as if there was only one answer, which is why I felt so validated when I read… Read More Forever Beginning
“Ideas are in fact manifestations of a complex network of neurons firing in the brain and new ideas are only possible when new connections are formed.” – Steven Johnson New ideas and connections are the basis for creativity and innovation. If we want to continue to evolve and create schools that meet the needs of… Read More What’s the Value of Your Network?
￼I read this article, Are you Solving the Right Problems by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg and thought about the implications for many “problems” in education. The way we see the problem can prevent us from more effective solutions. Here is a great example of “The Slow Elevator Problem” and how reframing the problem can allow for the creation… Read More Reframe the Problem to Create Better Solutions
One of my favorite lines from Google’s video, Rubik’s Cube: A question, waiting to be answered (If you haven’t seen it, take a minute and watch it), is “…when the right person finds the right question, it can set them on a journey to change the world.” The images of kids conducting experiments, building robots,… Read More The Power of Their Ideas
When I was in my teacher preparation program, I remember being taught to complete extensive lesson plans to ensure I was prepared to engage students in learning the specified content. I was expected to know how to differentiate for diverse needs of students. I thoughtfully planned modifications for students with special needs and English language… Read More Rethinking the Lesson Plan
I’ll never forget getting a call from 2 team members after they had led an all day workshop. I had barely answered the phone and they were telling me everything that they perceived “went wrong” and how disappointed they were with different aspects of the day. I listened and commiserated (because I have definitely had… Read More 5 Characteristics of a Culture that Values Growth and Development
When I hear statements from educators like: “I have the worst class I’ve had in years,” “These kids can’t do it” or “They don’t want to learn” my heart breaks for the students in their classes and in their schools. I know teaching is complex. The work is hard and seemingly never ending. I will… Read More Why Believing in Your Students Matters
“Knowledge that is actually implemented is much more likely to be acquired from learning by doing than from learning by reading, listening, or even thinking.” –Pfeiffer & Sutton. Making shifts in how we learn, teach, and lead in education requires that we move beyond telling educators about theory and best practices (or even giving them… Read More Learning by Doing
This week on the live show, the Twitter chat and in a variety of conversations, barriers to innovation have come up a lot. I think it is really powerful to shine the light on what is working rather than fixate on the barriers to inspire change but these barriers are also real and sometimes it… Read More 5 Barriers to Innovation (and How We Can Move Past Them) #IMMOOC
In Creative Confidence, Tom and David Kelly highlight that despite the expertise and history of success at Kodak, the company suffered from the knowing-doing gap, which prevented them from making the transition from what they had always done, to successfully navigating the shift toward the future of the industry. From their work with the leaders… Read More Are You Designing Systems for People to Comply or Innovate?