I recently spent a morning at our youth football stadium watching our primary elementary students battle it out on the gridiron. As the boys fought for the "W" and the girls cheered I noticed one consistent thing about the parents... They all had cameras. Creating scrapbooks has become a national pastime. In fact my own wife spends entire weekends with hundreds of other moms, wives, and grandmas creating these life novels into the early hours of the morning. She records the hobbies, family events, and little growing up moments of our children that we always want to remember. As I ...


Monday, September 21st, is the United Nation's 27th annual attempt to promote an International Day of Peace. We are asked to pause and reflect. Or perhaps set aside our personal or political anger. To cease fire. For one day. We are asked to inspire our students to celebrate this day of peace in their own way. And perhaps we should. Maybe the adults ought to all just chill for 24 hours. Maybe we just take a break from spewing venomous hate speech at Town Hall Meetings or calling the President a fascist or the second coming of Pol Pot. Maybe ...


On August 25th, Dave Dimmet wrote about teacher quality and the future of the profession. He mentioned that training of teachers is dominated by universities who prepare pre-professional teachers to meet the licensure requirements of a given state, and asks what role post-secondary institutions play in identifying and preparing future leaders. He ends his essay acknowledging that in order to meet the needs of our savvy and sophisticated students, and to prepare them to thrive in the complex world in which they live, we must transform the K-12 learning environment and consistently identify, support, and incentivize high quality teaching. As ...


Post Cross Posted on Creative Tension. Photo, Repeatedly, by OsakaBen This summer I am working on getting through my list of books to read. It's a good thing that my summer has been extended because I was way behind. Fortunately I was in the middle of Disrupting Class by Christenson, Horn and Johnson when I saw Scott McLeod's presentation at NECC. Scott's presentation got my into the spirit and the book really pushed my thinking on the role of technology in education. For years I have promoted the integration of technology into the classroom while the authors of Disrupting Class ...


In case you haven't seen it yet, here is the Did You Know? 4.0 video that was released yesterday. Is your school preparing students for a world of media convergence and transformation? Scott McLeod Dangerously Irrelevant...


As we begin focusing on 21st Century Content Reading and Writing strategies and examine content area reading and writing strategies to prepare for the conversations this school year, I asked students to describe what reading and writing is like in various content areas. The most immediate answers center around "facts to be memorized," "vocabulary to be defined," and strategies to "remember EVERYTHING to pass the test!"In school, content reading and writing instruction revolve around consuming and remembering - what I call Hear It and Hold It - what someone else has produced.In stark contrast, outside of the classroom, "content"...


If you are a tech savvy leader, which you probably are since you read blogs, do you find yourself constantly running across tools and ideas that would be great for your teachers? Do you get excited, like I do, about new discoveries that you find in networking with other educators through twitter and other sites? Do you occasionally feel that the information flow is so fast and furious you can't keep up let alone pass all the pertinent information along. I am always on the lookout for subject specific ideas that I think the teachers can use or that would ...


It happens every year at the beginning of school. A parent will bring his child over to meet me or say hi to me, and he will make the inevitable comment, "Now Billy, I don't ever want you to go to Mr. Sherman's office." Like it's the place where a child will catch leprosy (or worse, swine flu). The principal's office has traditionally been the one place in the school where children were afraid to go. I remember the threat of "getting sent to the principal's office" when I was a youngster as if this room, set way back in ...


As I thought about what I might write this month, I considered giving a shout out to some people I have been learning from lately; namely, Clay Shirky, Seth Godin, Chris Anderson, and Garr Reynolds. I also thought about re-posting here an innovation3 blog post I recently wrote on John Seely Brown that was interesting for the process and the product. Then I visited the A Difference blog of Darren Kuropatwa, a Winnipeg, Manitoba teacher who really knows how to challenge his students to think deeply about the mathematics they are learning. There I read his June 30, 2009 post, ...


I'm deeply saddened by the reactions of many regarding the forthcoming address by the President of the United States to the students of this great nation because it represents much more than those 20 minutes. Let me be clear. I did not vote for President Obama. I do not support a number of his agenda items. I still do not believe his actions can match his rhetoric. However, I have hope. I have hope because I believe in the United States. I believe in what we can do as one nation. I believe that all citizens should listen deeply to ...


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