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
It took me a while to recognize this dangerous cycle that existed in my school but it became so clear one day when I walked through all 8 of our language arts classrooms– every single teacher was playing a book on tape or reading aloud to students. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good read… Read More Breaking the Cycle
If you haven’t seen Google’s video, Rubik’s Cube: A question, waiting to be answered, take a minute and watch it. One of my favorite lines, “…when the right person finds the right question, it can set them on a journey to change the world.” Yet, typically in schools, most of the questions that are asked have… Read More Are We Asking the Right Type of Questions?
In a recent blog, Larry Ferlazzo’s posed a question, Which is better for students — reading paper or reading digitally? There are a variety of responses that are both insightful and backed by research to support both sides of the debate. I encourage you to check them out if you haven’t already. As I was reading the various posts,… Read More Moving Beyond the Digital vs. Print Reading Debate
In a M.Ed course that I taught recently, one of the assignments was to design a learning experience for their own unique context. The teachers were asked to integrate the research, strategies and/ or examples that we had been exploring throughout the semester into their practice. Anyone who has taken or taught an education class knows this is not necessarily an… Read More Teachers as Designers
Throughout my career, teaching kids and adults in diverse districts and courses, I have lived in between higher ed and K-12. In higher ed there is a mantra to publish or perish, and throughout grad school, I had adopted this philosophy. I thought I had to publish in traditional journals to accomplish anything. Following in the foot steps of… Read More Embracing Open Learning
Teachers (like all learners) thrive when they have a clear understanding of the vision and know where they are going, yet have the autonomy to get there in a way that meets the needs of the learners in their classrooms. A teacher’s preparation and previous experiences influence how they teach. If you think about it, the opportunities and… Read More Create Your Own Adventure (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice Part 5)
As our society evolves and schools work to meet the needs of learners, educators need to develop new skills, knowledge, and mindsets. Working with teachers across diverse has given me insight into how they want to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. This series will feature a more in depth look… Read More Meaningful Problem Solving (Professional Learning that Shifts Practice Part 2)
As our society evolves and schools work to meet the needs of learners, educators need to develop new skills, knowledge, and mindsets. Working with teachers across diverse has given me insight into how they want to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. This series will feature a more in depth look… Read More Purposeful Professional Learning (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice- Part 1)
I was inspired by the questions and decided to join the #OSSEMOOC blog hop this week as they discuss the The Innovator’s Mindset. In the book, George Couros shares a process for creating a vision to dream big and figure out what is important. I love the “What If” questions to push thinking and move beyond what… Read More Moving from What is to What if?