Tag: Personal Learning

I have this soft spot for music teachers.  It is interesting where you see this massive shift to focusing on “data,” that the arts tend to be cut first when they are needed more than ever. I have a deep love for hearing and telling stories that were instilled in me by my elementary music … [Read more…]

Read More Immeasurable Impact

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 wanted to try something a little different today… I was recently at a New York Knicks game, and they had a cool video during an intermission break.  “App Madness” was an ode to the “March Madness” basketball tournament and one of the New York Knicks’ players listed their top 8 apps used and which … [Read more…]

Read More Who wins your #AppMadnessChallenge bracket?

For those of you who don’t know Lilly Singh, she is a very successful “YouTuber” that was just announced as the new host of an NBC late night talk show and is Canadian! Here is the first line of her Wikipedia page: Lilly Singh (born September 26, 1988) is a Canadian YouTuber, comedian, television host, and actress widely … [Read more…]

Read More Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay the (Bumpy) Course

For those of you who don’t know Lilly Singh, she is a very successful “YouTuber” that was just announced as the new host of an NBC late night talk show and is Canadian! Here is the first line of her Wikipedia page: Lilly Singh (born September 26, 1988) is a Canadian YouTuber, comedian, television host, and actress widely … [Read more…]

Read More Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay the (Bumpy) Course

Some things I have been thinking about… Sometimes being “thoughtful” is used as a stall tactic not to move forward or grow.  We should be thoughtful of all the decisions that we make (obviously), but that thoughtfulness should be focused in the movement forward. This image created by Demetri Martin shows “success” as not only … [Read more…]

Read More Thoughtfulness To Further Growth

Some things I have been thinking about… Sometimes being “thoughtful” is used as a stall tactic not to move forward or grow.  We should be thoughtful of all the decisions that we make (obviously), but that thoughtfulness should be focused in the movement forward. This image created by Demetri Martin shows “success” as not only … [Read more…]

Read More Thoughtfulness To Further Growth

As a basketball fan, and also a fan of human beings, I loved this read, “My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley.” It is an excellent story of what seems to be an unlikely friendship, but as you read it, you realize how much the relationship makes sense because of the shared bonds between two people.  … [Read more…]

Read More “To give your kids everything in life.”

I am blessed and truly grateful to be invited to speak at many educational conferences, and I am always appreciative of the opportunity. I have done my best to not only attend these events as a presenter but also try to take advantage of participating as a learner. Just today, I had the opportunity to … [Read more…]

Read More Arrogance Leads to Irrelevance

I watched this Kyrie Irving ad, and I am not going to lie, it brought me to tears. I loved basketball as a kid (still do) and I asked my dad for a hoop in our driveway. My dad put together the ugliest green piece of wood ever, that was definitely a quadrilateral but neither … [Read more…]

Read More Doing Our Best with the Knowledge We Have

I have been an advocate of technology in education for a long time. But I have been an advocate of “people” for my entire career.   People > Technology The reason I bring this up is that I have seen a lot of pushback on the idea of “personalized learning” (this is a fascinating article … [Read more…]

Read More Using Technology to Humanize

  I often ask these questions of participants to get them to think about how we are using our time differently. The first question is the following: How many of you in this room go onto your personal social media while you are working? Many people look around, maybe toward their administrators, and very few … [Read more…]

Read More Customizing Learning to Innovate “Inside the Box”

“Balance is stupid.” George Couros, primarily from 2007-2017 That was me. Maybe I didn’t say it exactly that way, but I was thinking it. For me, to be successful, you had to live a reasonably unbalanced life.  I listened to the Grant Cardone’s of the world who focused on the importance of being “obsessed” to become successful … [Read more…]

Read More Rethinking Balance

“Learning to choose is hard. Learning to choose well is harder. And learning to choose well in a world of unlimited possibilities is harder still, perhaps too hard.”  Barry Schwartz The concept of “choice” is something that is brought up in education as a good thing for students to help develop their passions and build … [Read more…]

Read More The Value of “Not Having a Choice”

Inspired by my good friend Tony Sinanis and his post, “5 Phrases I’m Letting Go,” I decided to think about three phrases that I am removing trying to rethink in my work in both education and leadership.  Here are expressions I have been thinking about lately. Phrase 1: “We have to move away from traditional … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Phrases I Have Been Rethinking

It seems like every day I’m blessed to work with teachers and administrators who are doing incredible things with and for students and are providing opportunities that I could not dream of when I went to school. The rate of change in classrooms has been incredible, and the shift to delivering both engaging and empowering … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Important Factors in Asking Better Questions

I will admit that I am a sucker for those “list” posts. They are succinct, easy reads, and always give you something to think about. One such post that I tweeted out this past week was “26 Daily Habits Highly Successful People Have (and the Rest of us Probably Don’t)“.  Do I think that successful … [Read more…]

Read More “Leverage Worry and Fear”

I will admit that I am a sucker for those “list” posts. They are succinct, easy reads, and always give you something to think about. One such post that I tweeted out this past week was “26 Daily Habits Highly Successful People Have (and the Rest of us Probably Don’t)“.  Do I think that successful … [Read more…]

Read More “Leverage Worry and Fear”