Tag: Will Richardson

I love the metaphor of ‘Teacher as compass’; helping students navigate their own learning journey. Last night I read this tweet from Will Richardson: Kids don’t need to be taught how to learn. (No one does.) Our job in schools is to create conditions where they can practice what they already know. To trust their […]

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Next week, I have the privilege of gathering together with educators and school leaders for a Leadership & Learning Conference in Norman, Oklahoma. Guest speakers Jeff Zoul, Jack Berckemeyer, and Christine Handy will be on hand to share best practices. I’m looking forward to circling up with other educators who enjoy being life-long learners. Gearing […]

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The article, “The Most Important Skill at the Office Isn’t Being Taught in School” (it’s curiosity) stuck out to me not only because of the focus on curiosity, but I believe in the inaccuracy of the title.  From my perspective, I have seen more of a discussion in schools on having students ask great questions … [Read more…]

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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…]

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I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in different teacher classes, they can be transformational to a school, district, and more importantly, to the learning of our students. So I am often frustrated … [Read more…]

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I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in different teacher classes, they can be transformational to a school, district, and more importantly, to the learning of our students. So I am often frustrated … [Read more…]

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I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in different teacher classes, they can be transformational to a school, district, and more importantly, to the learning of our students. So I am often frustrated … [Read more…]

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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…]

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Last week I heard a presentation by Will Richardson, educator and author, who shared stories about new ways students are interacting with learning today. Here are three examples he shared: He talked about Nate Butkus, a 7-year-old boy who has started his own science podcast. He shared the story of a young man in India, […]

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Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s).  They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us long past our time as students.  Unfortunately, this can be either shape us in a positive or negative manner. I asked this question of educators recently: In your time as … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s).  They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us long past our time as students.  Unfortunately, this can either shape us in a positive or negative manner. I asked this question of educators recently: In your time as a … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

Speaking about the opportunities there are for learning in our world today through technology, I asked educators in the room to do a “Twitter Video Reflection” and share their learning back to the hashtag.  Since many of them were new to Twitter, they didn’t know how to do it, so I decided to not help … [Read more…]

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Digital portfolios are something that are really starting to take off in schools.  There are different software programs that will make “portfolios” easy to share, yet do we truly embrace the power that a digital portfolio can bring into our schools?  Since it is “digital”, we need to go beyond a portfolio that only represents one year … [Read more…]

Read More 7 Important Questions Before Implementing Digital Portfolios

Innovation is more about mindset, than skill set.  This is something that I truly believe and focus on in my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” (Which I think would also be a good part of this list as well!). In schools though, “innovation” is not only about individuals, but something that is required at all levels. … [Read more…]

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Many teachers have the following one rule in their classroom: respect. Often it is expanded into respect for yourself, respect for others, respect for property. Respect is a quality that…

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