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April 07, 2011

Letter to New Teachers

Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag As May approaches, student teachers are stepping out of their pre-service shoes and entering the profession as new teachers. What message are we leaving these new teachers as they depart on their journey? Dear New Educators: Welcome to the greatest profession! Your ener...

March 05, 2011

Who is Watching Out for Learners

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag I find myself saying too often these days "that is killing our students". It has me wondering who is watching out for the learners in school as a lack of systemic thinking and a focus on ego-driven decision making turn otherwise great teachers into one room schoolhouses...

February 21, 2011

Critical Thinking: More than Words?

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag This past summer, I sat around a fire with friends talking about life and the world today. As it usually does, the topic of education emerged. Before long, we were knee-deep in a debate about what students needed to be successful, and I pulled out the ace <cough> ...

February 04, 2011

The Dreaded Space

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag On a Stockholm Subway, scientists decided to explore an idea: What would happen if they "inserted fun" into a space and task avoided more often than not. Initially, roughly 90% of people avoided the stairs. When they infused play into the space, over 60% of people op...

November 26, 2010

Habits and Habitats: Rethinking Learning Spaces for the 21st Century

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag The moment students enter the classroom, the space informs them more than we can imagine about the type of learning the environment will foster and the clear direction the lead learner in the classroom wishes to go. In many classrooms, the picture is all too familiar: ...

November 04, 2010

Raise Your Hand...

Raise your hand if you spent time exploring, challenging, refining, and enhancing your professional practice today? Now, raise your other hand if that professional learning took place in a collaborative context with other professionals? Is your hand raised high or "tied" behind your back? I’m n...

October 06, 2010

Align Our Beliefs and Actions

With a whirlwind of action greeting me at the door, I entered the classroom unsure of what I was getting myself into with these scientists. Within moments of being in the room, the learner-centered feel of the room became clear as the students engaged deeply with their explorations into the world of...

August 28, 2010

A Stage for Schools: How Will We Embrace It?

The social media phenomenon continues to bring interactivity to the mainstream and lead more and more people into a connected world. A clear example of this is the Emmy Awards where NBS is rolling out social media on the red carpet: Official Twitter Stream: Follow all the news as it comes throug...

August 14, 2010

Take a Vow and Set the Tone

It was last year around this time that I talked about the start of meeting season. This was my call for all leaders to engage in a little activity to determine whether we are meeting because its a ritual, a long lasting tradition of the hierarchy of schools or whether we are meeting to enhance the...

July 25, 2010

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

"It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane" Jimmy's (yes, I feel like we are on a first name basis though the courts disagree) words Changes in Latitudes, Changes in...

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