Currently I have a kitchen full of homemade gummy bears, a pumpkin about to be exploded with rubber bands, and a few bowls of things that I am not quite sure what they actually are. Almost every night my kids have some creation they are making and they ask regularly to do science experiments. While… Read More The Risk of Prioritizing Compliance Over Creation
After week 1 of the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC and reading many blogs, compiling the highlights and rereading the Introduction, I am really digging into this notion of innovation and these two questions are key: Is it new? and Is it better? One blog post this week from Terry Whitmell really got me thinking about how we… Read More How do you know if it’s not just new, but better? #IMMOOC
Innovation as George Couros defines it in the Innovator’s Mindset is a way of thinking that creates something new and better. So why is innovation necessary in education? There is wide agreement that we need to rethink the outdated factory model of education to meet the needs of all learners in our schools. Increasing access to… Read More Is Innovation in Education Necessary?
I love hearing how educators are shifting their thinking about learning, teaching, and leading as they read The Innovator’s Mindset. It is amazing to see what happens when educators connect about ideas in the book build on these ideas to impact those in diverse communities around the world. For this reason I am excited to facilitate the Innovator’s… Read More The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC
Traditionally, curriculum has been organized in a linear path that promotes a one size fits all approach to success. When teachers are expected to follow directives, or implement programs without taking the context and unique individuals in their room into consideration, it often creates frustration because they see their students need something else, something different,… Read More Empowering Teachers as Designers to #GoOpen
Establishing a shared vision amongst diverse stakeholders is critical when trying to implement wide-scale change. Cultivating a shared vision requires “practices aimed at identifying new opportunities for the school, and developing, articulating, and inspiring others with a vision of the future” (Ng, 2008, p. 5). When systems struggle to meet desired goals, it is often a result of… Read More 6 Questions to Align Your Vision, Policies, and Practices
It took me a while to recognize this dangerous cycle that existed in my school but it became so clear one day when I walked through all 8 of our language arts classrooms– every single teacher was playing a book on tape or reading aloud to students. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good read… Read More Breaking the Cycle
I’ll never forget listening to a room full of high school teachers after interviewing their students. They were genuinely surprised and saddened as many came to a blatant realization: A significant percentage of their students are disconnected from their own academic experience and the reality of their not so distant futures. Many of these teachers had… Read More Are You Trying To Solve the Wrong Problem?
Recently I had an opportunity to give a TEDx talk: Teachers Create What They Experience where I shared what I have learned in partnership with some innovative leaders. I have seen some major shifts on how students are learning in schools and I have found 3 critical factors that help create a culture of learning… Read More Teachers Create What They Experience
It’s been 15 year since I opened the doors to my first group of 7th graders and I can remember it like it was yesterday. I moved across the pacific ocean from San Diego to Oahu, Hawaii to teach 7th graders. Many thought I was crazy and maybe I was. To this day I will never… Read More Why We Must Invest in Relationships First