First drafts always suck.- Ed Catmull I have been reading Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull and this line has been stuck in my head. It has resonated with me because I think this is exactly opposite of how we often expect learners to perform and to be perfect too often in school. Also, we don’t… Read More First Drafts Always Suck #IMMOOC
Education Reimagined defines the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered as shifting how we see learners and their critical role in their own learning now, and throughout their lives. The critical shift is that “Learners are seen and known as wondrous, curious individuals with vast capabilities and limitless potential. This paradigm recognizes that learning is… Read More 10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences
There is a common saying in education lately that we need kids to create not consume. I definitely want to see learners creating and not just consuming (or regurgitating facts). But as I read the book Empower by AJ Juiliani and John Spencer the section on critical consuming really pushed my thinking about the importance… Read More Moving from Consuming to Innovating #IMMOOC
Why is Innovation in Education Necessary? The conversation with George Couros and Jo Boaler in the IMMOOC live session has had me thinking a lot about how we use research in education and the impact (or not) on how we innovate and improve. As we talked about mindset, brain plasticity, making mistakes, the problem with homework, facing critics… Read More There is not one right way #IMMOOC
Educators are busy with life and work and there is no doubt our plates are full, but when we find our tribe and connect with others to engage, learn, and grow we can be filled with a sense of “wholeheartedness.” Communities of practices have the power to renew us with purpose, passion, and rejuvenate us… Read More Making the Most Out of the #IMMOOC Experience
Many schools and districts are providing time during the school day for educators to collaborate. Districts have shortened schools days, utilized guest teachers or creatively configured the schedule to allow for non-teaching time to be built into the school day. This is a good thing, however, just providing the time isn’t always enough. When valuable… Read More 5 Collaborative Practices that Impact Learning
Linda Darling Hammond and her colleagues have done extensive research on professional learning and added a tremendous amount to the field of education. I have grounded much of my work in her research, so it is with a great deal of respect and admiration that I push on how some these best practices translate to… Read More Are We Getting Better at the Wrong Things?
Professional development gets its fair share of criticism- sometimes it’s because the activities and the strategies don’t connect with the teacher’s classroom or context. Sometimes it’s because it’s adding more rather than helping teachers do what they need to do in their classroom better. But to be fair, there are also times that teachers love… Read More Creating a Learning Orientation Versus a Performance Orientation
At the San Diego Equity Symposium, I got to hear Liz Murray tell her story about growing up homeless to graduating from Harvard. Through her incredible life story, she highlighted that the experience of an individual isn’t black and white. She shared many struggles but also the love she had for her family. It is… Read More What might be preventing students from learning in school?
Why do some students willingly engage in academic tasks? What makes learners persist in challenging tasks? What compels learners to want to learn more and improve? These questions are top of mind for researchers and practitioners alike and together we continue the quest to support all learners to see their value and the promise of… Read More Developing Academic Mindsets that Foster Growth, Development, and Innovation