Tag: AJ Juliani

I recently had the opportunity to discuss “Innovate Inside the Box” and “The Innovator’s Mindset” on “The Award-Winning Culture podcast by Wildcat Nation.”  I have done several podcasts, but this was one of my favorites because it was led and created by current students. It was great to talk with the students, but the best … [Read more…]

Read More Creating Opportunities for Purpose in School

I have been re-reading the book “Empower” by AJ Juliani and John Spencer, and I loved this portion from John: Here’s a quick confession: I (John) used to hate the word “innovative.” See those quotation marks right there around the word? Those are actually air quotes that I would use whenever I used the term. … [Read more…]

Read More What does “better” mean to you and your students?

One way you can think about leadership when you are frustrated with others: Why won’t they move forward? A better way to think about leadership when we are frustrated with others: What can I do better to help others move forward? In the first scenario, you are looking for ways to control others. Good luck … [Read more…]

Read More “Leading” often means going first.

At the beginning of my teaching career, I applied for a Kindergarten position, and from that interview, I was given the opportunity to teach high school technology.  The reason I was hired to teach a technology class was that I had minimal experience with technology coming out of college and that “minimal” amount was more … [Read more…]

Read More The Next Big Thing?

Most educators are aware of the “Four C’s” (Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication) and their importance in schools for ensuring the development of today’s skills in our students (I appreciate Will Richardson’s contention that “curiosity” should be the fifth “C” and is more important than the others).  But there are other essential skills and … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Skills and Traits Great Schools Teach That Will Always be Essential

I fell upon this article by Jennifer Gonzalez (known all over the world for her excellent site, “The Cult of Pedagogy”) advising new teachers.  It was a great read and reminded me a lot of my ups and downs as a beginning teacher. Here is the thing about teaching. If you are passionate about what … [Read more…]

Read More 10 Tips for New Teachers

I was recently sent an email and asked to identify some of the challenges I see for the future of learning in education.  These are things that I have noticed through my travels and after countless conversations with educators, and things that I have seen in my work. Although I am providing challenges, I am … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Challenges for the Future of Education

I am asked this question in my sessions often: “What is the next big technology in education?” My answer? “I don’t know.  You probably don’t either.” There is more to the answer, but I will get back to that in a second. But here is the thing. I didn’t predict iPads, Chromebooks, the Internet, social … [Read more…]

Read More Focusing on the “Next Big Thing”

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” “Growth Mindset” to “Innovator’s Mindset” The focus of the original post was not moving on from the former to the latter, but building upon and … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Conversation Shifts in Education

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I do like the clickbaity type titles more often than I should.  When I saw the title, “The 1 Interview Question All Great Bosses Ask to Hire for Potential (Hint: Mark Cuban Says It’s the Secret to Success),” I was interested in reading it just because I thought … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of “Sales” in Education

There seems to be a disconnect in education about the idea of “consumption vs. creation,” especially in a time where the word “innovation” is so prevalent.  Let me make this clear…content knowledge is crucial in a time of innovation. Katie Martin recently posted this: There is a common saying in education lately that we need kids to … [Read more…]

Read More Why Content and Knowledge are Important for Innovation

My good friend, AJ Juliani, is someone who I respect, admire, and appreciate. His constant push of himself to try new and different things is inspiring, and his attitude toward his work and personal life is one of the reasons that I love being connected with him. He is not afraid to try new things, … [Read more…]

Read More Incremental Innovations #IMMOOC

From the book, “Rework“: Scratch the surface and you’ll find these “real world” inhabitants are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They assume society isn’t ready for or capable of change. Even worse, they want to drag others down into their tomb. If you’re hopeful and ambitious, they’ll try to … [Read more…]

Read More On the “Real World”

From the book, “Rework“: Scratch the surface and you’ll find these “real world” inhabitants are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They assume society isn’t ready for or capable of change. Even worse, they want to drag others down into their tomb. If you’re hopeful and ambitious, they’ll try to … [Read more…]

Read More On the “Real World”

My good friend AJ Juliani, co-author of the book “Empower“, with John Spencer, is about to start a Genius Hour Master Course.  His passion for this topic and his ability to share his enthusiasm has made a significant difference with so many educators.  I am reposting this from last year as many loved the opportunity … [Read more…]

Read More 10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year