Category: Best Educational Practices

A question I often get in workshops is how to deal with “laggards” or “resisters.” The first thing I wonder when I hear regarding this question is, do the people…

Read More The Myth of the “Laggard”

I tweeted this quote from my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “Our responsibility isn’t solely to teach memorization or mechanics of a task but to spark a curiosity that empowers students…

Read More Wonder, Explore, Lead

In “The Innovator’s Mindset,” I share the following eight characteristics: What is important to understand regarding these characteristics is that none of them make you innovative in isolation.  It is…

Read More Innovation Does Not Happen in Isolation

This post has no “educational slant”; it is just a personal story of something I experienced, and I wanted to share.  If you are looking for an educational post, regularly…

Read More My Brother is Home

This past week was the five year anniversary of my father passing away. My dad was 82 years old when he died, peacefully passed away in his sleep, with no…

Read More Empowering Purpose

Many educators are great at bringing “experts” into their classrooms. I always say that the best person to teach kids about space is probably an astronaut, not necessarily a teacher. …

Read More The Process is the Product

I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in…

Read More Asking Better Questions

Seeing tweets, over and over again, regarding the villainization of “worksheets,” (I know I have been guilty of this as well) I tweeted the following: Teachers… If you give a…

Read More Purpose-Driven Learning

In March of 2015, I wrote the post, “3 Important Shifts in Education“, and focused on moving these three conversations: “Digital Citizenship” to “Digital Empathy”  “Student Voice” to “Student Leadership”…

Read More 3 Conversation Shifts in Education

Lately, I have been focusing on “common assessments” versus “common understandings.” I have written about this in the past and shared the following ideas on why “common assessments” do not…

Read More The Importance of Assessment AS Learning

So over the last few weeks I’ve been writing a bit, and thinking a lot about our primary role as educators in the world in which we live, and honestly, I…

Read More Teach the Child – Part 3