7 Ways to Make Learning Impossible in Your Classroom

We talk a lot about how to increase student achievement and improve learning in our classrooms. A lot of these conversations are centered around what needs to be added or changed in a classroom, NOT what should be removed. Many of the practices that still exist in classrooms across the country are not only outdated, […]

Why We Need to Stop Telling Kids to Think Outside the Box


Tripping on ‘shrooms in Prague once I stopped by an art gallery window and saw it. It was an orange dog; the tiniest of canines. A stain of fluorescent orange paint in the bottom right corner of a sizable painting of some natural scenery. I remember the grass, the trees, and the people in it […]

The 1st Truth about Differentiation


In the past, I’ve written several articles about the myths that prevents many teachers from using Differentiation as an integral part of how they meet learner needs. Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths There’s No Time to Differentiate: Myth Busting DI, Part 2 Differentiating is just too difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part III Teachers […]

Garbage Trucks and Innovation

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“Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.” – Stephen Covey Today when I was walking my dog in the neighborhood I stopped and took a few minutes to watch the waste management truck pick up the garbage and recycling. I watched the driver of the truck […]

Brain Hacking 203: Hack Your Mental Library


We make sense out of the world around us by forming connections in our brains. These connections tie pieces of information together and form chunks. The more chunks we have, the easier it is for our neurons to form new connections, which leads to formation of even more chunks and a bigger “mental library.” The […]

A Management Approach To Implementing New Technologies And Pedagogies In The Classroom


Making Change Change is difficult at the best of times, but even more so in schools that have busy schedules, traditional pedagogies with the ‘we have always done it that way’ mindset, and a myriad of approaches, methodologies and technologies all vying for teachers’ attention. David Thornburg put it that managing such change, whether it […]

This Ain’t No Industrial Age Homie: Teaching in the Information Age


Part 1: Preach Like Brother John “No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the Industrial Age” – David Warlick Seriously… I think it’s safe to say that the industrial times ended at least a couple of decades ago, but the U.S. Educational System (“The System”) is still at it: working hard […]

Take a Chance


I remember the day very well. It was 2002, and my husband and I lived and worked in a small community in southern Indiana. I had just finished my English teaching licensure after I had received my Bachelor’s degree two years prior, substitute teaching as much as I could, and I was looking for a […]

Leading Innovation for Systemic Change


Last spring, I foundthis short videofrom Scott McLeod throughTwitter. In the [email protected] the next “big thing” in educational technology will be learner agency – a technology-rich landscape marked by a shift in learner autonomy and empowerment. As leaders, many of us are seeingpockets of this kind of learning in our institutions. But it’s just that […]

Fomenting Imagination and Creativity in Students


When I was little there was no internet. As an only child, I often found company in my own imagination. I remember trying to make a hot air balloon out of construction paper and a box, which clearly didn’t taken me up, up and away, but gave me many hours of entertainment. I look at […]