Put Away the Red Pen

I remember grading my students’ essays and making comments, asking questions, probing for more and then assigning the grade. I spent an inordinate amount of time as an English teacher providing feedback and grading essays. Then, I would hand them back, my students looked at the grade, very few paid any attention to the comments […]

Why Are We Still Assigning Homework? #IMMOOC

I went to a workshop recently and we got assigned “pre-work”, which is just another way to say homework for adults. Right before the workshop started you would have thought that we were a bunch of high school students if you just heard the conversations. Did you do the pre-work? What?! We had to do pre-work? […]

First Drafts Always Suck #IMMOOC

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 […]

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences  

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 […]

Moving from Consuming to Innovating #IMMOOC

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 […]

There is not one right way #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 […]

5 Collaborative Practices that Impact Learning

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 […]

Creating a Learning Orientation Versus a Performance Orientation

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 […]

Developing Academic Mindsets that Foster Growth, Development, and Innovation

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 […]

Developing Creative Confidence

For too long we have upheld the myth that there are those who are creative and those who aren’t.  Contrary to this theory, David and Tom Kelley advocate that creativity is not reserved for the few but that the capacity for being creative lies within all of us.  In their book, Creative Confidence, they share […]