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March 15, 2019

Let's Focus on What Learners CAN Do, and Plan From There

Learning isn't easy, and we all have our challenges. Rather than assume our learners can't, giving them boring learning opportunities or watered-down versions of the learning, provide rigorous, engaging experiences and watch to see how much all students will grow.

March 05, 2019

Teachers, See Learning as Students Do

Too often, we take risks ourselves, only letting some of the rope out for students to be more autonomous, but because we don't know what to do with ourselves while that is happening, we can sabotage perfectly good learning experiences.

February 18, 2019

Lead From Your Core

If you haven't read Brene Brown's Dare to Lead, I strongly recommend it and not just for leaders, for anyone. Her voice is a strong and honest one that brings humor and humility to the front of the lessons she teaches.

February 15, 2019

Support Teachers Where They Are for Initiatives to Thrive

Although we can make a case for developing more informed citizens, we really want critically thoughtful, creative people, who are less afraid of risk and more willing to take chances to grow. Our current system doesn't breed that in most people.

February 07, 2019

Leaders, Don't Assume, Stay Curious

It is important when we are doing this that we don't unintentionally assume the worst about our learners, adult or student, and give them every opportunity to share what they know and can do.

January 20, 2019

Comfort Is a Killer of Innovation

As a profession, we need to work to innovate, see education as it needs to be now, and stop comparing it to what it was when we were doing it. The stakes are too high.

January 11, 2019

9 Tips for Making the Most of the Observation Process

Since adult learning is a little more challenging than student learning, we have to let our learners process what they hear in a way that is dignified and works for them.

January 06, 2019

'Making Learning Whole,' a Review

If you need convincing as to why project-based learning is the way to go, I strongly recommend Making Learning Whole by David Perkins. It's a quick but meaningful read that is accessible.

December 13, 2018

Making the Most of Group Work Time

One of the best parts of orchestrating great group work in class is the amount of flexibility it gives a teacher to really work with students where they are. It also allows students to work at an appropriate pace, learn how to collaborate, and collectively problem solve

November 21, 2018

Who Are You Grateful for in Your Professional Learning Network?

Gratitude is a feeling we should share more than we do. If we focus more on those who help to make us the best versions of ourselves, we can let down our walls and invite the vulnerability of growth and change the world.

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