Tag: Teaching and Learning

Although this podcast on “4 Non-Negotiables” was recorded long before schools moved to “Emergency Remote Teaching,” these ideas still apply, but may look different.  As you read the post below or listen to the podcast, consider these questions: You can listen to the full podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Soundcloud, or check out the original post from … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools #Podcast

When I first did my internship, I had an awesome mentor teacher who helped to get my career started in the right direction. I know this is not always the case for new teachers, and as a former teacher and administrator, I know how much a great mentor can matter when you are new to … [Read more…]

Read More The Quickest Path to a Destination

Check out the full podcast discussing these ideas on Spotify, Soundcloud, or iTunes. As I have shared these questions from “Innovate Inside the Box” often in finding the strengths, passions, and abilities of the students in our classrooms: They can be modified for different age levels and can help tie teaching from a curriculum into student learning.  For … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Staff (and Students) #Podcast

In August of 2016, I wrote the post, “10 Easy Ways To Create an Amazing #ClassroomCulture This Year, to provide some “investment” strategies on making school better for not only our students but ourselves.  I remember seeing this tweet by Heather Thompson Day, and it shook me: Many of our students come to school because … [Read more…]

Read More 10 Easy Ways To Create an Amazing #ClassroomCulture #Podcast

Ever read a sentence or two, and it just stopped you in your tracks?  This quote from Seth Godin’s blog did just that for me: “Ruts don’t dig themselves. Most of the time, we’re in a rut because that’s precisely where we put ourselves.” Yup. Sometimes it is easy to feel lost professionally and personally, … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Questions to Consider to Help Get Out of a Rut

Success can lead to failure. The Blockbuster video example has been used over and over again because it is a great cautionary tale of how success can lead to comfort, and comfort can eventually lead to failure. I was asked recently to share what makes a successful school, and my answer was the same as … [Read more…]

Read More Switching it Up to Move Forward

I have been trying to play guitar more as of late, and I was watching a video on playing guitar by Paul Davids.  I love listening to his content, and you will see people refer to him as the “Bob Ross of guitar,” and I get the comparison. I often listen to his video to … [Read more…]

Read More Playing Slow to Become Better

This week, I have released episode 1 of a weekly podcast that I have planned for years but, finally, have taken the initiative to put together and release it to the world.  Each podcast is meant to be 10-20 minutes long and discuss something I have been thinking about, and hopefully provide some inspiration or … [Read more…]

Read More Making an Impact on One Person (#Podcast)

Just some thinking out loud…I have no idea where this is going, but I am “writing to learn” not only to share my learning. This excerpt from my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” was just reshared with me on Twitter, and it sparked some of my thinking. An artist had his easel set up on a … [Read more…]

Read More On the Path to “Purpose”

Teacher as compass: Teachers provide the true north, and help students find a worthy course… one that will challenge their skills on the open learning seas.

Read More Teacher as compass

Years ago, I remembered walking into this redesigned library that was seemingly the stuff of dreams in education.  It was more like a media center and had spaces that were created for collaborative learning as well as spaces to work your own. Flexible seating accommodated the learning needs of many different learners, and it was … [Read more…]

Read More Going Beyond the “Cool” Factor

In 2019, I have had a goal of running at least 100 miles each month using the @Aaptiv app.  Some months are more comfortable than others, but my focus has not been on getting faster but getting my goal done each month.  As I was doing one of the running programs, I heard the story … [Read more…]

Read More It’s Never Too Late to Start Something New

I encourage you to watch this video from Edutopia on the importance of relationships for learning: “Emotion and learning are completely connected.” Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn. #HowLearningHappens pic.twitter.com/ELTtCWPJhz — edutopia (@edutopia) September 7, 2019 It would be an excellent video for … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of the Reciprocated Relationship in Education

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 my workshops, I often talk about the importance of greeting students at the door in the morning to set the tone for the entire day. A simple welcome can provide the enthusiasm and warmth that gets a student excited and ready for the day. As shared in “Innovate Inside the Box,” this simple gesture … [Read more…]

Read More The Enthusiasm of Our Students

I saw this picture on Imgur awhile ago, and I have it saved in my favorite images. This is a good reminder for us as individuals and as schools. For individuals, focusing on goals is essential, but the process and the journey are important and where you are now will only happen once.  You might … [Read more…]

Read More Where You Are Right Now

My daughter Kallea is almost three, and being a father has been the greatest blessing of my life.  Being a dad is tough, and I feel like I have been crying non-stop for three years with either sad or happy tears. Watching her grow up is fascinating, and I notice how incredible of a learner … [Read more…]

Read More Hopes for School