Best Educational Practices

Student Appreciation Week

        So this past week a friend of mine shared a beautiful little story with me. He was running late for work one morning because his brother was staying with him along with his niece and nephew,…

Sustainability and Service

        So next October we will host a regional GIN (Global Issues Network) conference at our school, and the opportunity that this affords us is immeasurable. It’s an opportunity to deeply inspire our students and our surrounding community around…

Busy or annoyed?

I love reading leadership articles and books, and no matter how many times there is a “5 Qualities of  a Great Leader” type article, I tend to eat it up, even thought a lot of the information is similar.  In an…

Checklist or Art Form?

As I was watching a video on “professional learning” this morning, the speaker was discussing the importance of our time to increase results, and something kind of dawned upon me.  There seems to be two “camps” on education “reform” that I have…

True Colours

        So just over a week ago Ecuador was hit by a massive earthquake that completely devastated many communities on the coast. Thousands and thousands of families have been deeply and tremendously impacted by this event, including members of…

Learning Before You Innovate

The emphasis on “creation” in schools is crucial, yet it does not mean that consumption is not crucial in the process.  Several years ago, I saw John Medina speak (the author of “Brain Rules“), and he said something that resonated…

How Quickly Things Change

If you have never seen the “Blockbuster Offers a Glimpse of Movie Renting Past”, it is a great (and funny) piece that promotes some great conversations on how quickly things can become obsolete: It is a great video to discuss how…

Beautifully Out of Reach

This lovely woman came up to me during my session the other day, and talked about how she just signed up for Twitter.  She then shared, that she always gets excited for these days, but then struggles because she realizes…

Finding the Good Problems

Working with a group of administrators in a workshop, the participants seemed to be evenly split into districts that were either “1 to 1″ (1 laptop/tablet per students) and those that weren’t.  I was asked by one of the administrators…

Learning Is Irregular

Outside of school, most people apply learning across disciplines, scenarios, and experiences. For a majority of our lives as students, we are taught in a system that creates blocks of time for learning specific content, much like the factory model…