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. Some were good, and others were fantastic. A second grade teacher was having her students … More Innovation is not about the tool
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 class each day? I’m hoping that last question is indicative of the first two. … More Student Engagement: More than just jargon
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 semester was to implement a Genius Hour time for his students. It was a huge … More Freedom for Experimentation = True Learning
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 remember years ago during the big scrapbooking rage telling a friend at a scrapbooking party … More How I Inspire Creativity
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. Our ideas are clarified. Our trials move to the next phase. Our projects are improved. … More Embracing Failure
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, most likely (hopefully!), actively involved every 8 minutes anyway. If you are a student-directed secondary … More What is authentic learning?