Innocent Wonder

When you look into the eyes of your students what kind of sparks do you see? Our belief is that we always want to be curious. Curiosity gives us life. Curiosity leads our conversations. Curiosity bridges any age gap. Here’s a conversation I had with my 5 year old daughter: “I want you to know…

A Bridge to Creativity

Ask yourself this question and think about your response……. “What are the interests of your students?” If I were to ask myself this question I could possibly name a few interests of a couple students, but not everyone. That’s unfortunate since I am missing so many chances to engage students through their own interests. The…

Transforming through the 3 W’s

“I Have the Answers to the Questions They Never Ask”sparked a thought in my brain about how many of our students go through the day with new thoughts or questions, and an untapped potential of expertise hiding below the surface. This quote “I Have the Answers to the Questions They Never Ask” came from the book…

Ideas Floating Around

I sit in the twilight of morning wondering what kind of ideas might be heard today. As dark as our world is at times, I know there are ideas floating around in the minds of our students, just waiting to see the sunshine. How will those ideas come to see the light of day when…

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…

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…

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…

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…