Reframe the Problem to Create Better Solutions

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

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… Read More The Power of Blogging for Professional Development #IMMOOC

Content Does Not Change Behavior

I was recently invited to the d.School (bucket list…check) with some amazing educators and friends and we were tasked with creating a “hack”—  a quick fix for helping teachers learn and change their practice.  As we went through the Design Thinking phases of empathizing, defining, ideating, and prototyping we generated a variety of different ideas.  Our prototype was a… Read More Content Does Not Change Behavior

If You Struggle With the Implementation, Revisit the Why

I rarely meet teachers that are against doing what’s right for their students.  Typically, when teachers are resistant, their experiences, beliefs and expertise are not aligned  with (or there is a lack of understanding of) the desired changes in teaching and learning. This happens a lot when districts focus on “digital transformations” or other technology focused… Read More If You Struggle With the Implementation, Revisit the Why