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…

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…