Tag: john spencer

Not only have educators been inundated with information on COVID-19, but they have had to retool, refocus, and rethink completely how they are going to connect with and teach their students.  A lot is going on in our world right now, and my first instinct is that we need to slow down and focus on … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning

Across the globe schools are closing due to Covid-19 and the learning is being moved online. I recently shared in my Daily-Ink post, ‘Novel ideas can spread from a novel virus‘: Discussion about the possibility of remote learning invites questions about blended learning where some of the work, both asynchronous and synchronous, is done remotely. […]

Read More Just shifting online or shifting the learning?

I am often asked, “how much screen-time would you suggest for a child?” This question usually comes to me after a presentation, and then I ask, “how much screen time have you had in the last hour?” I often get responses from 0-30 minutes, but then I point out that the presentation was on a screen … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of Meaningful Creation

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?

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

It is almost winter holidays for many teachers all over North America.  At this time of year, it can be extremely stressful as kids minds are often other places, sometimes positive, and sometimes negative, but usually not in the classroom.  It can be easy to “check out” yet great teachers all over the world do … [Read more…]

Read More Because of a Teacher…

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”

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

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

As many educators across North America are about to go on Winter break, I know that the holidays do not necessarily mean “no stress,” but for some, could be a different kind of stress. The week before the break can be exhausting and John Spencer, recently wrote, “Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Ideas For Taking Care of Yourself Before the Break

The quote above has been sticking in my brain for awhile, and although this is something that I have thought about often, John Spencer puts it into words in a succinct yet compelling way. As many people discuss the merits of homework for students (not a fan, never been a fan), I think about the … [Read more…]

Read More Less Work, Deeper Learning

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

The above quote from AJ Juliani, (from the amazing book  “Empower“, written by AJ and John Spencer) stuck out and resonated deeply with me because of my focus on innovation in education. In their book, they are not looking at creating a system that does this only for students, but the educators as well. Here’s why… … [Read more…]

Read More Preparing Learners For Anything #EmpowerBook