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 […]

The Moment of An Idea

Sometimes an idea can make perfect sense and it’s recognized as the way. Everyone jumps on board. The person that came up with the idea is admired and congratulated. Sometimes an idea just doesn’t resonate and it gets pushed to the side, destined to fade away and to be forgotten. Not valuing an idea whose […]

Reinventing the Wheel?

I saw a tweet the other day that suggested educators shouldn’t “reinvent the wheel” and that there was much to learn from what others were doing. “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”  Everyone knows what that means.  It’s already out there, others are doing it, and it works, so why should anyone invest time in recreating or rethinking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Denaturizing Learning

I’m sure everyone reading this has fried an egg. If you haven’t, you basically heat up a skillet, add a little butter, crack the egg into the skillet and wait a couple of minutes, flipping it once. You’ll notice that there is a yolk and some clear gel-like substance when the egg is added to […]

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 […]