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September 21, 2014

Teachers and Leaders: Avoid Closed Questions

Teachers yearn for their students to sit up and engage in learning. Questions that require more than a yes or no answer empowers and engages.

September 04, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Facilities and Teaching Practice - Getting the Order Right

A lesson learned from the '60's and '70's is that changing the building before changing teacher practice is ill advised. Until we attend to the changes in practice and beliefs about teaching to unleash 21st century education, building changes won't matter. The work is human work.

September 02, 2014

Want Your Students Engaged? Gaming Holds Some Answers

Why not look past our beliefs that games are about shooting, killing, and other bad things, and allow ourselves to become jealous of the success games are enjoying while teaching children and adults alike how to research, learn, fail, succeed, teach, communicate, and graduate (level up) to new frontiers?

August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Take the Tiger by the Tail - CC Math, For Example

The political belief is that setting a national standards' bar is the answer to improving education for all students. Some say it is a daunting charge, and some say it is an unattainable one. No matter the feelings that exist around the Common Core Standards, until and unless things change, we are implementing them.

August 12, 2014

No Textbooks: A New Responsibility for Teachers and Leaders

The move away from textbooks must be accompanied by a responsibility to create the time, space, and guidance in which teachers can research new resources and use them to transform the work being done in and outside of their classrooms.

August 03, 2014

Globally Minded vs. Globally Competitive Schools

We live in such a competitive society and we replicate this competition in our schools. Is the purpose of education to create winners and losers?

July 13, 2014

Rethinking Summer School

What if we rethought how we expend that energy and reduced or eliminated the need for summer school and repurposed that expense to include enrichment for all students? Most agree students who attend summer school are able students who failed to meet expectations during the school year

June 29, 2014

Include Music in the 21st-Century Plan for E-Learning

We have a responsibility to move toward more blended, flipped, and online learning. Music has its place in this shift. We watch with interest as more K-12 schools, colleges, and universities have successful transitions as they include more students in learner-centered online educational experiences, including music.

June 24, 2014

Want to Incorporate Online Learning? Invest in the Teachers

In order to use the potential that technologies offer our learners, investment in teachers is required. Knowing teachers' mindsets, their fears, and concerns and attending to them while leading forward is crucial. Developing their interest in and their appreciation for the application of these technologies is essential.

June 22, 2014

Can Boundaries Be For Crossing?

Our contribution to the next generation of leaders in our country begins with our interactions with our students. If we included the concept of understanding other perspectives in our curriculum and our practice with students and each other, over time, perhaps we could contribute to a more compassionate graduate.

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