Risky Business

I hear from educators all the time about the fears that they have about changing what they do. What if I try things and they don’t work?  If I’m a teacher and I fail at something, how will I be perceived?  By my colleagues?  By my students? By parents? What will happen if I try […]

Thinking Outside the Box v2.0

Is your organization innovative? Certainly, innovation is contextual, and what represents innovative thought and practice for one organization might not necessarily be innovative for another.  Becoming more innovative means becoming intimately aware of the importance of your organizational culture and the context it creates for thinking in new ways. It’s my belief that creating a […]

Path v2.0: My New Opportunity

Almost two years ago I wrote a post about leaving education after a 27 year career to pursue a passion around design and learning spaces. My opportunities working with The Third Teacher+ have been everything I thought they would be and more.  In the past two years, I’ve grown tremendously as a professional, had the […]

The Importance of Words in Education

The language of education has an enormous impact on how educators shape conversations about change in schools. That makes sense – words and how they are used matter. As you know, words in any language carry meaning, and that meaning is developed over the time the word is part of the language it supports. The […]

Tomorrow is Too Late

My last year has been an interesting one. As many of you know, I left education after a 27 year career to go over to the corporate side.  It’s been almost a year now, and I’ve worked with some absolutely great people, and learned a great deal and continue do so.  I consider myself fortunate […]

Education as Container

As a profession, and as an experience, K-12 education in the U.S. is containerized. There are containers that delineate roles:  administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents.  And that’s just a start. There are containers that represent experiences:  classrooms, instruction, assessment, curriculum, bell schedule, the school year, and professional development. It’s even possible to represent a […]

The New Computer Lab

Walk into any school and you’ll see them. A room filled with desktops and monitors arranged in rows…the computer lab.  Everyone reading this knows the story:  As a teacher, you decide you need some computers, you sign-up for the lab, take your kids there and they start computing.  Such a model has been in place […]

Are You Designing for Mobile?

Worldwide, more people have access to smartphones than toilets… When you design learning experiences that include technology, do you design with mobile technology in mind?  I’m talking about all types of tools that comprise a mobile ecology:  laptops, tablets and smartphones. If you are a 1:1 school, or a BYOD school, are you intentional about […]

Think Bigger

How big do you think? What constraints limit your practice and how you think about education and learning?  Do you consciously try to reduce or remove those barriers and boundaries by being a learner? And when you look at new things, new opportunities, what do you wonder about?  What’s your first question when you see […]

Path

Everyone reading this has been there. Sometimes you recognize the point in time when your life changes.   Those moments are filled with light, the pathway illuminated by the choice that lies ahead.  Sometimes those moments are not appreciated for years, when the subtle change that changed everything was brought visible by age and wisdom, and at […]