Tag: katie martin

You can listen to the full podcast discussing the post below on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, or watch it on YouTube.        I read a comment on a feedback form that said something like, “These are great ideas, but how do they apply to teaching math?”  Every educator, including myself, wants ideas and … [Read more…]

Read More Creating Our Own Connections for Learning

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

My good friend Katie Martin, author of “Learner-Centered Innovation,” and I were having a conversation about the importance of focusing on going beyond “test scores” in education and focusing on providing powerful learning opportunities for students.  Standardized tests are a reality of most education systems, and I am not sure they are going away any … [Read more…]

Read More Learning to Learn Beyond the Test

From Katie Martin in “Learner-Centred Innovation“: Just think how you might begin to make the changes and the impact you desire in school if instead of statements like, “If they would have, . . .” you started asking, “How might I…?” This is what is referred to by psychologists as the locus of control or … [Read more…]

Read More Looking Inward to Move Onward

This is a short and funny video to help discussion on the type of learning we are seeing in our world today: What I stress about the video is that it is less about finding information and more about what you do with it. But, what a lot of people argue is that you can’t … [Read more…]

Read More Beyond Finding Information

Watch this short clip from “Jerry Maguire”: This short clip, says so much about us as educators as well as our students.  This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. My friend Katie Martin shares three tips on the “The Science of Happiness: 3 Practices That Changed My Perspective” (I encourage you … [Read more…]

Read More People That Fill Your Bucket

I have often heard that there are two types of professional learning experiences; a “warm bath” or a “cold shower.”  The “warm bath” is an experience that makes you feel that everything you are doing is right and just full of positive affirmations.  The “cold shower” challenges you and makes you feel uncomfortable in what … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Simple Questions To Shape Professional Learning

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

It has been and always is, a blessing to be a part of district professional learning days.  These past two weeks, I have been so caught up in the passion of so many teachers who are on “summer break,” that are excitedly taking part in their professional learning.  Their enthusiasm has been contagious and has it … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Ideas for Improving Professional Learning Experiences

In “Learner-Centred Innovation,” Katie Martin shares the following: Just think how you might begin to make the changes and the impact you desire in school if instead of statements like, “If they would have, . . .” you started asking, “How might I…?” This is what is referred to by psychologists as the locus of … [Read more…]

Read More Controlling the Solution

Here is something I hear often; “Are we creating a system of education where a student will come out and become the next Steve Jobs?” Let’s unpack that. Steve Jobs, a fantastic entrepreneur, businessperson, intelligent mind, and innovator.  But there is only one Steve Jobs, and I dare say that there will never be another … [Read more…]

Read More The Next “You”

In an awesome conversation last night with Patrick Larkin and Katie Martin, Patrick was sharing some of the things that they have done in their district in the previous several years.  One of the stories that resonated with me was how when they moved forward with going one-to-one, they asked students for feedback on what … [Read more…]

Read More Find a Way or Find Someone Who Has Found a Way

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

This visual is from a great post by Katie Martin titled, “Creating a Learning Orientation Versus a Performance Orientation“: Two things here that are quite powerful.  In my 2010 post, “What Makes a Master Teacher“, I talk about the difference between “Learning Goals” and “Performance Goals”, and list that criteria for a “master teacher”: 6. … [Read more…]

Read More Questions of Compliance or Empowerment?

I shared this image the other evening: I do not necessarily agree with each statement above, but I do think that it is a good conversation piece in the context of education. In the last few months, I have been really challenging the idea of “data-driven”.  When you focus on the students in front of … [Read more…]

Read More Focusing On Those You Serve

I shared this image the other evening: I do not necessarily agree with each statement above, but I do think that it is a good conversation piece in the context of education. In the last few months, I have been really challenging the idea of “data-driven”.  When you focus on the students in front of … [Read more…]

Read More Focusing On Those You Serve

If you clicked on this blog post because of the title hoping I would provide answers, I am about to disappoint you.  I think I have more questions than answers after so many thoughts being shared on Twitter.  I am blogging to learn here, not to necessarily share learning. Bare with me. After reading a … [Read more…]

Read More Do the “basics” change over time?

Katie Martin shared this article on Facebook, with the title, “Student petition says too much pressure to succeed at Naperville North“.  Interested in the title, I read the first paragraph, which stated the following: A student petition criticizing Naperville North High School for putting too much pressure on students to succeed academically quickly gained attention … [Read more…]

Read More There is Not Only One Road to Success