Monthly Archives: February 2016

Innovation is not about the tool

One of the things I get to do in my consulting work is to play a coaching role with teachers throughout the year.  This week I was in classrooms observing teachers who were 1:1 with Chromebooks.  Some lessons were okay. … Continue reading

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Student Engagement: More than just jargon

How many students get excited about writing essays or reports?  How many students can’t wait to crack open those textbooks each day (or log onto digital textbooks because it’s basically the same thing)? How many students look forward to entering your … Continue reading

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Freedom for Experimentation = True Learning

  I had the privilege of working with a very talented teacher this week in Crowley, TX.  He teaches Computer Technology, Computer Maintenance, and Futures in STEM at the district’s career and technical high school.  One of his goals this … Continue reading

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How I Inspire Creativity

  I was recently asked how I inspire creativity in others.  I firmly believe that everyone is born with creative spirits.  the sad part is that along the way most of us lose it.  Or, more likely, misplace it.  I … Continue reading

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Embracing Failure

  How often do we allow our students to fail and see it as a good thing?  How often do we let ourselves have that same freedom?  It is through failed ideas, trials, and projects that we become stronger learners. … Continue reading

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What is authentic learning?

I recently read somewhere that people can listen with understanding for 90 minutes, listen for retention for 20 minutes, but they need to be actively involved every 8 minutes.  Now if you are an elementary teacher, then your kids are, … Continue reading

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