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?
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
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
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
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