This post, I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems brought me back to being in school when we had to answer questions about the main idea or what the author’s purpose was- I remember being frustrated that there was just one answer and thinking how does my teacher know? Did… Read More What Are We Really Measuring on Standardized Tests?
I was recently invited to the d.School (bucket list…check) with some amazing educators and friends and we were tasked with creating a “hack”— a quick fix for helping teachers learn and change their practice. As we went through the Design Thinking phases of empathizing, defining, ideating, and prototyping we generated a variety of different ideas. Our prototype was a… Read More Content Does Not Change Behavior
The extent to which leaders create the culture for learning and innovation in their schools often results in diverse approaches to teaching and learning. Foundational to this is the notion that is highlighted in the the new Future Ready Leaders Guide by EdSurge: Becoming a “Future-Ready School” does not mean replacing existing curriculum and instructional practices… Read More The Impact of Leadership on the Change in Learning and Teaching
Most educators in our schools and district offices have gone through their own education without the access and opportunities that exist today. To meet the needs of the learners in our classrooms today and align school with the world we live in, there is a need to embrace new mindsets about learning, along with new… Read More The Evolving Role of the Teacher
I consistently hear from educators that they want feedback and then I hear that “they” aren’t receptive to the feedback. Both are often true. Here is an example of this feedback paradox: We recently surveyed teachers in one district and overwhelmingly found that the majority of teachers sought “critical feedback to inform their practice, not… Read More The Feedback Paradox
How many times have you heard, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? Most teachers are taught this mantra in their preparation programs and held to it over the course of their careers. It is expected (and in some districts mandated) that teachers write detailed lesson plans, gather resources, effectively sequence the learning, differentiate… Read More 8 Essential Questions for Planning Personal Learning Experiences
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