Tag: Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context

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

Please bear with me as I try to process my thoughts through writing…This might seem like a bit of a ramble, but I am trying to work through some ideas. I read something on a picture sharing site (I cannot find the image, but this is not my idea) that has stuck with me and … [Read more…]

Read More Are you adding to the person or the plate?

Many educators across North America are either about to go on break or are already on their summer break.  I don’t know if the term “break” is accurate (I saw someone refer to it as “recovery”)because I know from experience, that many (if not most) take advantage to grow with formal and informal learning opportunities.  … [Read more…]

Read More Breaks Are Good

Many educators across North America are either about to go on break or are already on their summer break.  I don’t know if the term “break” is accurate (I saw someone refer to it as “recovery”)because I know from experience, that many (if not most) take advantage to grow with formal and informal learning opportunities.  … [Read more…]

Read More Breaks Are Good

In a recent workshop, I was asked: “Do you think that kids should just be able to bring phones to the classroom whenever they want?” At the end of the answer, I always share that ultimately, the decision should be with the teacher as they know their community the best, but here are some things … [Read more…]

Read More The Trust Default

Jeff Kubiak posted this image on Twitter: LOVE! The concept of “focusing on strengths” is something that I have shared in “The Innovator’s Mindset,” and dive into deeper in my next book, “Innovate Inside the Box” (Coming out in August 2019).  One of the ideas that I discuss as a “Core” element is focusing on … [Read more…]

Read More Empowering Learning Through Student Strengths

Jeff Kubiak posted this image on Twitter: LOVE! The concept of “focusing on strengths” is something that I have shared in “The Innovator’s Mindset,” and dive into deeper in my next book, “Innovate Inside the Box” (Coming out in August 2019).  One of the ideas that I discuss as a “Core” element is focusing on … [Read more…]

Read More Empowering Learning Through Student Strengths

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

At the beginning of my teaching career, I applied for a Kindergarten position, and from that interview, I was given the opportunity to teach high school technology.  The reason I was hired to teach a technology class was that I had minimal experience with technology coming out of college and that “minimal” amount was more … [Read more…]

Read More The Next Big Thing?

The article, “How Education Takes Itself Too Seriously” by Jennifer Nicole, is one that could push your thinking and starts with an interesting paragraph: Education has become a system that revolves around the needs of the adults instead of the needs of the children. We focus on curriculum, assessment, and technology. We focus on content, instruction, … [Read more…]

Read More Invest in the People that Invest in Students

This article, “9 Simple Ways to Improve Your Life in 9 Short Days,” has some excellent advice that could benefit many, educators and students alike.  The first paragraphs on “success” struck me: Successful people live by a different set of rules. Collecting accolades, reaching the top of the corporate ladder, or acquiring riches isn’t as important … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Important Questions Regarding “Success” in Schools

This article, “9 Simple Ways to Improve Your Life in 9 Short Days,” has some excellent advice that could benefit many, educators and students alike.  The first paragraphs on “success” struck me: Successful people live by a different set of rules. Collecting accolades, reaching the top of the corporate ladder, or acquiring riches isn’t as important … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Important Questions Regarding “Success” in Schools

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

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

I wrote this in  “The Innovator’s Mindset“: Today, isolation is a choice educators make. Our connectivity and learning opportunities have changed in recent years, and, thankfully, many teachers are taking advantage of those changes to benefit themselves and, more importantly, their students. We have access to information and, equally valuable, to each other. We need … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of Isolation in a Highly Connected World