Being Valued vs Feeling Valued #IMMOOC

How can such passionate and hard-working people fail to make the impact they desire? How often are our intentions and desires misunderstood by those we serve? How is it that such well-intentioned people still miss the mark? In the IMMOOC live episode with Dwight Carter, a thoughtful and visionary leader, he shared how received some challenging […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making the Most Out of the #IMMOOC Experience

Educators are busy with life and work and there is no doubt our plates are full, but when we find our tribe and connect with others to engage, learn, and grow we can be filled with a sense of “wholeheartedness.” Communities of practices have the power to renew us with purpose, passion, and rejuvenate us […]

What’s the Value of Your Network?

“Ideas are in fact manifestations of a complex network of neurons firing in the brain and new ideas are only possible when new connections are formed.” – Steven Johnson New ideas and connections are the basis for creativity and innovation.  If we want to continue to evolve and create schools that meet the needs of […]

Learning by Doing

“Knowledge that is actually implemented is much more likely to be acquired from learning by doing than from learning by reading, listening, or even thinking.”  –Pfeiffer & Sutton.  Making shifts in how we learn, teach, and lead in education requires that we move beyond telling educators about theory and best practices (or even giving them […]

5 Barriers to Innovation (and How We Can Move Past Them) #IMMOOC

This week on the live show, the Twitter chat and in a variety of conversations, barriers to innovation have come up a lot.  I think it is really powerful to shine the light on what is working rather than fixate on the barriers to inspire change but these barriers are also real and sometimes it […]

The Power of Blogging for Professional Development #IMMOOC

We are taking part in the Innovator’s Mindset #IMMOOC Collaborative blog challenge.  This post is co-written by Annick Rauch and Katie Martin. If we told you that blogging could be one of the most powerful tools for professional development, would you believe us? I (Katie) started blogging after a less than gentle nudge from George […]