Creativity vs Innovation

I was recently caught off guard when I came across the quote below, “Creativity is thinking up new things.  Innovation is doing new things.” by Theodore Levitt. I’ve been doing an extensive amount of reading recently about Innovation and Creativity and this simple, yet realistic variation never dawned on me.   For the longest time, … Continue reading Creativity vs Innovation

21st Century Teaching

I recently read a blog that elaborated on the 21st-century skills every student needs.  You can see the blog here:  It’s not really that much different than the framework created by  However, it got me thinking.  Why are so many businesses or corporations repeating themselves about these skills?  Is it that students are … Continue reading 21st Century Teaching

Instructional Design: A Cautionary Approach

What is the purpose of Instructional Design?  To some perspectives, the answer might lie in the alignment or calibration of curricular needs to ensure equity of education.  In other groups, the answer may rest in the need to inspire students towards self-efficacy.  From my experience, to an instructional coach, the truth lies somewhere in between … Continue reading Instructional Design: A Cautionary Approach

Reconciling 21st Century skills with Career Competencies

In their recent blog, Why We Desperately Need to Rethink College and Career Readiness, Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers wrote about integrating 21st century skills into career readiness courses.  They write focused a bit on history and the paradigm shift from vocational skills to college readiness with a follow up statement imploring educators to bring … Continue reading Reconciling 21st Century skills with Career Competencies

Empowering Student Creativity: Rubrics vs. Grading Checklists

Working within our campus Design Center, there are several lessons I have learned while helping teachers redesign projects and units.  The first, probably most important was about rubrics.  Most teachers believe that they understand how rubrics work, what their purpose is, and why they are important.  However, in working with all my different teachers, I … Continue reading Empowering Student Creativity: Rubrics vs. Grading Checklists