Ideas: What are they Worth?

Where do our students’ ideas go as they get older? What stops a 9 year old from expressing an idea compared to a 5 year old? Why do we see smiling and play in a 5 year old, but a 9 year old shows an indifference towards anything creative?     Take a look at this…

Caring and Sharing

Why should our students care about their own learning? How can we facilitate learning that is embraced by all students? When will our students begin to look at their learning as their own and not teacher directed? Who directs learning each day? What kind of classroom environment do students need that creates a culture of acceptance…

A Chance

I love building with you Dad! You are so open to my ideas and we can always try them out. These words come from my kids at home and are pivotal to how my wife and I parent. The statements that come from inquisitive children bring warmth to my heart. It shows the influence that taking…

Thinking Differently

Throughout the day we have opportunities to think differently, to value thought patterns that might not be our own, and ask questions from different viewpoints. The question that I have been wondering about is how often do the adults think differently so that students can think differently? We are in a profession that is helping…

Imagination Trumps All

Interesting title huh? Truly our imagination is what we need to be successful. Imagination is what leads us to possible options to solve many of the problems we face. Yet how many times a day does our imagination get to come out and be seen by others? I’ve started our week back with an art…

Perspective through Art/Design

I came across the #k12artchallenge today and thought that it would be a great way to bring perspective into what we do in our classroom. Perspective is: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. Perspective is huge when it comes to design. Perspective allows for feedback, reflection, thinking. Perspective is…

Don’t get ready, get STARTED!

I was listening to the #ditchsummit by Matt Miller this week and focused in on the words of Noah Geisel. I’d never heard him speak before and as I listened it became more obvious to me that we need to make sure our students have opportunities to get started. None of this would’ve happened if…

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…