￼I read this article, Are you Solving the Right Problems by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg and thought about the implications for many “problems” in education. The way we see the problem can prevent us from more effective solutions. Here is a great example of “The Slow Elevator Problem” and how reframing the problem can allow for the creation… Read More Reframe the Problem to Create Better Solutions
One of my favorite lines from Google’s video, Rubik’s Cube: A question, waiting to be answered (If you haven’t seen it, take a minute and watch it), is “…when the right person finds the right question, it can set them on a journey to change the world.” The images of kids conducting experiments, building robots,… Read More The Power of Their Ideas
When I was in my teacher preparation program, I remember being taught to complete extensive lesson plans to ensure I was prepared to engage students in learning the specified content. I was expected to know how to differentiate for diverse needs of students. I thoughtfully planned modifications for students with special needs and English language… Read More Rethinking the Lesson Plan
When I hear statements from educators like: “I have the worst class I’ve had in years,” “These kids can’t do it” or “They don’t want to learn” my heart breaks for the students in their classes and in their schools. I know teaching is complex. The work is hard and seemingly never ending. I will… Read More Why Believing in Your Students Matters
I have been impressed with the amount of teachers and administrators that have been blogging and many for the first time ever in the #IMMOOC. As I read so many posts and see what people are sharing about the process and how they are learning, I have also been struck by participants reflecting on both… Read More A Lifetime of Learning #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
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