I am taking part in the #IMMOOC “3 Blog Challenge” this week- 3 blog posts (ideally) under 200 words. If you are interested in participating, details can be found here. I came across the #BFC530 chat yesterday and was intrigued by the perspectives and suggestions to improve professional learning. Here are a few examples: If… Read More Want to know how to improve professional learning? Ask a teacher. #IMMOOC
The other day my daughter asked me, “Why can our teachers chew gum and we can’t?” I didn’t have an answer because, to be honest, I have no idea. It got me thinking about so many rules and procedures that we have put in place for kids (and adults) that are more conducive to… Read More Isn’t it Ironic? #IMMOOC
Many of us have heard and often live by the Golden Rule: Treat other as you want to be treated. This is the basis of how we often expect others to interact and what it means to treat one another with respect. This was a rule in almost every classroom or sport I was in… Read More Support Looks Different for Different People #IMMOOC
“The secret killer of innovation is shame. You can’t measure it, but it’s there. Every time someone holds back on a new idea, fails to give their manager much needed feedback, and is afraid to speak up in front of a client, you can be sure shame played a part. The deep fear we all… Read More What’s Holding You Back? #IMMOOC
How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we start to innovate inside of the box? What does innovation mean for education, and should every educator be an innovator? These are questions that George Couros addresses in his book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”, and will continue to dig deeper… Read More Join us for the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC Starting on 2/27 #IMMOOC
While I was putting my son to bed the other night he was uncharacteristically sad and when asked what was wrong, he said, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.” This is not what I expected to hear from my 6-year-old and it broke my heart to see that he… Read More Why We Should Stop Asking Kids What They Want To Be When They Grow Up
What does your ideal classroom look like? I asked a district leader a while back what his ideal classroom looked like and he responded, “It’s hard to put my finger on it but I know it when I see it.” This response is more common than not. Think about that for a minute. If… Read More What does your ideal classroom look like?
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