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…

Speak Up and Reflect!

When was the last time you had students speak up? Not the type of speak up where you can’t hear a student, but speak up about a challenge, a success, a problem, a solution? We stand in front of students each day, yet who does most of the talking? What created that culture? As I…

Driving Interests and Passions

How do we drive our own learning? What’s the reason for finding out new knowledge? Is it because of someone telling us we have to learn it or is it because we want to learn? When someone tells us that we have to learn something, the chances of that knowledge staying in our brains is…

Sandbox for All: Creative Play

This past Christmas Break I finally concluded that Minecraft might possibly be the biggest change to education since Lego was introduced. Think about all the ways you can construct, deconstruct, manipulate, and enhance your learning. With the newest update to Minecraft Pocket Edition came the introduction of redstone capability and that is a game changer….

Culture of Creativity or Constraints?

During some time this past week I was looking through my twitter feed when I came across this tweet from Laura Fleming: Goal for a teacher is to create the conditions for students to explore their creativity and to be innovative…freely. What does freely really mean in the context of education today? So many times…