Tag: Providing Instructional Leadership

When I lead workshops with school districts, I try to keep them as conversational as possible as, perhaps selfishly, I want to learn from the expertise in the room, but I also want to create opportunities for teachers to recognize the expertise that already exists in their district. If I “talk” the whole time, that … [Read more…]

Read More The Opportunity to Become Successful Learners

I received this question and image from David Voves today regarding a passage from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “Reading today and with personalized pd, I always question what I have in orange. Wondering if you could give me insight?” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so.  If … [Read more…]

Read More Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

In Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski’s book, “Different Schools for a Different World,” they discuss four shifts that “deeper learning” schools place their focus. They are the following: 1.  Higher-level thinking: The shift from an overwhelming emphasis on lower-level-thinking tasks, such as factual recall and procedural regurgitation, to tasks of greater cognitive complexity, such as creativity, … [Read more…]

Read More The Connection Between “Lower” and “Higher” Level Thinking

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig … [Read more…]

Read More 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig … [Read more…]

Read More 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019

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 have been sharing the below thought for years, and it is a crucial part of having empathy as an educator, as discussed in “The Innovator’s Mindset“: The key to this question is not thinking like you but thinking about your students and their point of view.  For example, I have been in adult sessions where you are sometimes … [Read more…]

Read More Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

I started blogging over eight years ago merely for the reason to understand how this type of platform would help our students.  Blogging has helped my learning grow significantly because I have done it consistently for myself, not necessarily for an audience.  Knowing an audience is there though, has made me think a lot deeper … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Ways Blogging Has Helped Me Grow as a Learner

This is an image I modified from the book, “The Growth Mindset Coach,” and then added my column for “The Innovator’s Mindset“: As focusing on a “growth mindset” has become amazingly popular in schools, there have been several criticisms that the work is not beneficial, or sometimes misinterpreted. All fair criticisms of the work, even coming … [Read more…]

Read More Moving Beyond a “Growth Mindset”

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

Having just received an email from someone starting a new “technology” position in their school, they asked me what advice I would give.  I shared the following advice: My only suggestion for you is to start from the curriculum and work backwards from there, not try to force technology into the curriculum.  If teachers can … [Read more…]

Read More Don’t add. Make better.

I tweeted this quote from my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “Our responsibility isn’t solely to teach memorization or mechanics of a task but to spark a curiosity that empowers students to learn on their own. To wonder. To explore. To become leaders. …if students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed … [Read more…]

Read More Wonder, Explore, Lead

I applied for a job at a historical park when I was in university, and I was excited about the opportunity to be a tour guide and share some of the history with visitors. Eager to get the opportunity, I went through the interview and thought I was doing well.  Then they asked me this … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Points To Get Across in a Teaching Interview

Recently, I had a conversation with Tom Murray and Katie Martin about professional learning.  The one thing that bothers me is often seeing principals or superintendents that are there to “learn”, walking out of sessions when their phone rings to take a phone call.  Not all administrators do this, and I have seen teachers do … [Read more…]

Read More Can you follow this “learning norm”?

Many educators are great at bringing “experts” into their classrooms. I always say that the best person to teach kids about space is probably an astronaut, not necessarily a teacher.  I have seen teachers do this over and over again and it is an excellent opportunity for our students. But do the students know how … [Read more…]

Read More The Process is the Product