Tag: innovation in education

  The above quote is something I am known for. Not just the quote, but the ability to find positive and opportunities in tough situations. I am not sure if I would consider myself an “optimist,” but I have worked to become a solution-focused person. Sometimes, I do force myself to be positive because I … [Read more…]

Read More Start Again Tomorrow

I discuss the story below more in my most recent podcast. You can check it out on Apple iTunes or Soundcloud. Years ago, I had the opportunity to do my first presentation for a conference outside of the country. I was asked by a group in New York to lead a session at a conference. … [Read more…]

Read More You Are the Solution #Podcast

In “Innovate Inside the Box,” I discussed three types of learning essential for educators: Being a master learner requires that we look at learning in three ways: learning about our students, learning for our students, and learning from our students. In the video below, I talk about each concept in under a minute.  I made … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Types of Learning Crucial for Educators #Video

  Sanée Bell shared the following quote from her book, “Be Excellent On Purpose,” and it has stuck with me: “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet … [Read more…]

Read More Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast

I have no idea where I am going with this post, but I wanted to work through these ideas through writing. Bear with me. Here is a question that popped into my head recently; Would our students and communities see school (K-12) as valuable and as an essential endeavor if there was no diploma offered? … [Read more…]

Read More Beyond a Diploma

I have no idea where I am going with this post, but I wanted to work through these ideas through writing. Bear with me. Here is a question that popped into my head recently; Would our students and communities see school (K-12) as valuable and as an essential endeavor if there was no diploma offered? … [Read more…]

Read More Beyond a Diploma

In the post, “The Most Surprising Thing that Came from NOT Achieving My Dreams” via Marc and Angel, they share this idea of an “Unbucket List.” I had never heard of that until now, and it was an interesting exercise focused not on the future, but appreciating the past. The author shares the following: As … [Read more…]

Read More The “Un-Bucket List”

This is an excellent video from John Spencer on the idea of “Why Consuming is Necessary for Creation“: Paraphrasing this analogy before from John Medina speak (author of “Brain Rules“), that  “creation without content would be the equivalent of playing the air guitar; you know the motions but do not understand how to play the … [Read more…]

Read More The Connection Between Consumption and Creation

I had a fantastic opportunity to do a student podcast recently, and although the students were there to ask me questions, I took a lot of time to ask them about their own experiences in school. Honestly, I would rather hear from them and their perspectives than I would talk so I tried to get … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of Not Stepping In

I wrote this in  “The Innovator’s Mindset“: Today, isolation is a choice educators make. Our connectivity and learning opportunities have changed in recent years, and, thankfully, many teachers are taking advantage of those changes to benefit themselves and, more importantly, their students. We have access to information and, equally valuable, to each other. We need … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of Isolation in a Highly Connected World

A couple of things that I have been thinking lately: When we say, “We want our students to change the world” or “solve tomorrow’s problems,” I wonder if we are acting like the generation of teachers before didn’t?  A lot of the great things that are being created by people today is because of teachers … [Read more…]

Read More Honoring the Past While Moving Toward the Future

I heard this quote the other day (author unknown): What you don’t know is more than what you know. It was a reminder of the importance of growing and developing as learners, but also having humility on the journey.  Those two reminders for me were evident in Brad Gustafson’s new book from the IMPress team, “Reclaiming … [Read more…]

Read More Reclaiming Our Calling; The New Book from Brad Gustafson

I was blessed with the opportunity to work with a group in Yellowknife, NWT this past week and it is easily the furthest north I have ever been in the world. As a Canadian, I have experienced cold, but the participants were raving about the unseasonably warm weather in November as a beautiful and toasty … [Read more…]

Read More Sometimes the “Work” is Really the “Learning”

I was blessed with the opportunity to work with a group in Yellowknife, NWT this past week and it is easily the furthest north I have ever been in the world. As a Canadian, I have experienced cold, but the participants were raving about the unseasonably warm weather in November as a beautiful and toasty … [Read more…]

Read More Sometimes the “Work” is Really the “Learning”