What’s Your Perspective?

PERSPECTIVE…. the way someone views something, their point of view; definition (a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view) Perspective gives us the opportunities to be creative and innovative We have so many different experiences that we bring to the classroom and our perspectives can be different according to those…

Holding Hands, Questioning Together

How often do we stop and look at our students for who they are? Really each one of these students, no matter the age, is a child looking for something amazing. Our students want to be amazed, they want to have choices, they want to be cared for. When we hold hands with our own…

More Work or More Thinking?

“LESS work can be more rigorous than more.” ~Alice Keeler   I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently. Why do we give our students homework? Is it because we believe that the more work they do out of school the better their grasp of the content? Is it because this is how education has…

Truth behind fear and failure

I like to equate fear to being like a sheet of ice, the more fear you have the more cracks that develop and you eventually fall through. Now when you combine fear and failure together then you get a quickly melting sheet of ice. Recently I have noticed an uptick in conversations regarding fear and…

Unlocking Potential

We have to unlock the potential of all of our students, not just the ones that speak up all the time or the ones that raise their hands. How can we provide chances to make a student’s voice be heard? Unlock their potential on the first day of school by providing opportunities to them to…

Collaborative Curiosity

Collaborative Curiosity…. what is it? I’ve been thinking recently about what this might look like in our classrooms and have decided this might be one of the most important pieces our¬†students are missing. Imagine you have a question about a flower and you find the answer by googling it. You have the knowledge and you…

Empower and Listen

Think of the opportunities that we miss each day when all we do is talk….. Think about all the rocks we leave unturned when we don’t listen……. Think about all the excitement students have about learning……. Think about the driving force behind learning…….. I believe that we are teachers because we want to create a…

Collaboration, not just with adults

To learn in just one way is to do a disservice to what learning truly is. Think of all the different ways that people learn, visually, online, books, social media, making, and more. If we were to just choose one way to learn, would we be better? Would we be where we are today? Those…

Challenging thoughts and culture

How we react to problems shows so much about the culture of a school, of a community, of a society. Think about what happens when someone constantly has en excuse for not solving a problem, what comes from that? Excuses keep us in the past, thoughtful reflection brings us into the future. When we begin…

Why I will never give up….

I had a conversation this week with a brand new teacher who expressed their thanks for talking to them about ideas to try, books to read with their children, and ways to collaborate. This teacher and I had a conversation when they first started about the importance of collaboration, simply because their teacher prep didn’t…

Feedback……collaborative or punitive?

When I take a picture I get instant feedback on how I did. I can determine the exposure, color, framing, all within a second of taking that picture. Some might look at this as instant gratification, but I look at it through the lens of learning. You see, I really didn’t like taking pictures until…

I can’t wait….

This will be a series of 4 posts over the next few weeks thinking about how to change our thinking on learning. ¬† I can’t wait until teachers start to hand over the control to students. I can’t wait until learning is ingrained into all our lives, not just given lip service. I can’t wait…