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Why We Need to Teach Kids the “What’s Next?” Mindset


The Internet is the single most disruptive and creative force in the history of human kind. It changed our lives. While not the only things, digital products are things we buy now. Product consumption is undergoing a revolution. The nature of work will never be the same. The middle men are constantly being cut out. […]

Some Problems Don’t Need To Be Solved


Words. Nothing. Affection. Nothing. Space. Nothing. My daughter was very upset. With me. For the sake of this post, it doesn’t really matter why she was so upset. She just was. I tried everything I could think of to solve the problem. As I mentioned above. Nothing worked. Nothing even scratched the surface. She decided […]

Did You Send Out the Invites?


Do you send out invites to your parties, or do you just hope people hear about them through word of mouth and just show up? Unless you still live at a college frat house, chances are you send out invites. The invitations are an important part to any successful party. Without them, people don’t know […]

What is Play?

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I recently spoke with the new director of a “Religious Exempt” preschool that wanted to improve her school. It had been grossly neglected, both by the church in which it was housed, and by the former director. The current director had workers fix the holes in the walls, clean dirt from floors, and install a […]

Keep Calm And Starbucks Your Classroom


I want to thank everyone who decided to join the “Starbucks My Classroom” Project and everyone who supports the idea. I am grateful for all the tips, words of encouragement, pictures, retweets, shares, and questions on Twitter and LinkedIn! You Rock! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this project, check out my […]

3 Simple Steps To Problem Solving


The last parent-teacher conference of the year happened last night and while the event I am about to describe did not happen yesterday, seeing the parents reminded me of a father of a student who struggled through my chemistry class 3 years ago, asking me for a method allowing his daughter to quickly “get” chemistry. […]

Learning on the Edge of Chaos


Successful learning is less about what’s memorized and much more about having the ability to make the right connections. But should teachers be the ones making all those connections for their students? TED Prize winner Professor Sugata Mitratalks about creating a “Self-Organized Learning Environment” or SOLE. As he points out, it’s often called “learning on […]

Inquiry is King. Here’s Why…


What is Inquiry? Inquiry-based learning can be defined as learning that “starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios – rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. The process is often assisted by a facilitator.” In short, through some form of productive struggle, students “uncover” material, as opposed to content […]

Brain Hacking 101: Your Mind Is A Toxic Cesspool. Clean It. Then Hack It.


Is this a sick joke? Hardly. Is this one of those Doctor shows in which a brilliant brain surgeon performs a miraculous brain procedure to save the life of another amazing MD main character and his love interest? Not even. Is this one one of those annoying marketing schemes during which you are brainwashed into […]

Introduce Coding by Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich!


Coding is as simple as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Or IS it? I remember going to The Tech in San Jose (CA) many years ago and walking up to a silent docent at a table with all the appropriate ingredients. There was a paper on the table, explaining that all one had […]

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