Openness is Pervasive

Teacher Leadership is kind of an awesome thing to see. When teachers feel empowered enough to create the future of their school, the limits just seem to vanish. In teams that trust one another, learning happens and ideas are disseminated rapidly. When the doors are open for a reason, teachers …

Here is to the Early Adopters

Here is to those who are willing to start without a scope and sequence. Here’s to those who want to figure out how it all works. To those that look at a new way of teaching and want to explore what is possible. To those that aren’t frightened by new …

Our Learning I/O

One of the questions that I constantly ask myself is, “Where does the learning come from and where does it go?” What I mean by this is that learning experiences have to start from something: a piece of content, a new idea, or from some spark of curiosity within a …

Sharing as Adults

We ask kids to share constantly. From the time they are in Kindergarten we have come to expect it. But, there are so few models showing the same good sharing habits amongst adults. More often than not, we are encouraged not to share in the adult world. We are encouraged …

Brain Torrential Downpours

A lot of people look down on brainstorming. They may say ideas you generate in the brainstorm don’t pan out once leave or that you need to take classes in order to do it well. Neither are true. While you may not solve the world’s problems in a one hour …

Self Directed

It is not always possible to self-direct your learning. In the same way, it feels even harder to self-direct your progress and your career sometimes. But, self-directing your passions, now that’s possible. Choosing what to be excited about is something that seems like an extension of who we are, but …

Tea vs. Kool-Aid

When I was a kid, I used to make the most sickeningly sweet Kool-Aid. I would put as much of the sugary substance as I could into our biggest green glass and still have it dissolve. The result was cloyingly sweet. In the end, I was the only one that …

Redemption Technology

My mother is proud of her cooking style, something she calls redemption cooking. She takes lot of different fully cooked meals that she has previously made and she concocts some master recipe out of them. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it is always interesting and you could …