Something that I have latched onto in my time in education (20+ years), is that students struggle with asking questions. Everyone thinks they can ask a question, until they are put on the spot and required to produce a deeply thinking, open-ended, complex question. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the questions asked by students are … Continue reading Student Created Questions
So, it's the beginning of the school year. How do we build trust with our students? With peers, you talk chit-chat to get to know them. When instructional coaches are working with teachers you take the 20-2 approach (2-minute conversations about non-work related items, 20 days in a row). But what about students? This year, … Continue reading Building Trust with Students
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
How do Digital Natives beat their drums? It sounds like the beginning of a bad “Dad” joke. However, in education, every since Marc Prensky coined the term in 2001, there has been non-stop debate about the term Digital Native. Mr. Prensky used the term to rightfully describe a generation of people who had been born … Continue reading How do Digital Natives beat their drums?
I recently read a blog that elaborated on the 21st-century skills every student needs. You can see the blog here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students/ It’s not really that much different than the framework created by p21.org. 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
As teachers, we all look forward to hearing about what an outside observer sees when they come into our classrooms. Sometimes, we are disappointed when particular parts of our lessons are commented on, especially those parts where we spent an extraordinary amount of time preparing. We get frustrated, upset, in all actuality we tend to … Continue reading Technology Performance Indicators #IMMOOC
On my journey to become a better educator, I’ve continually heard about “instructional design.” However, it wasn’t until now, decades later, that I realize that what I’ve been contributing to my curriculum (and others) hasn’t really truly been design. I’ve been a technology instructional coach now for four years and only because of the work … Continue reading Empowering to Innovate through Design #IMMOOC