Teaching or Learning? Is your school culture one that’s focused on teaching, or is it focused on learning? Depends on what you believe, right? If you believe that learning is measured by test scores,...
Most schools try to tell a good story about who they are, what kids accomplish while there, and what sets it apart from other places of learning. Very few schools, however, have a good narrative, and...
Richard Elmore said: The real argument is whether we want to develop a generation of people who have mastery of their own abilities to learn, or whether we want to perpetuate our obsession with training people to reproduce from memory what the...
“In an interview for Connected Educator Month, Powerful Learning Practice co-founder and CEO Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach talks about her experiences with professional learners and the communities and opportunities most impacting their work in classrooms...”
“Collaboration beyond borders! Showing our Prime Minister how Windows surfaca work in class Last week I was able to speak at both Ed-tech Norway Wednesday and Thursday to a smaller group of engaged people representing principals and publishers in...”
“There is much to absorb in this piece by the OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher, but here’s the part that we need to all think about:The impact of technology on education delivery remains sub-optimal, because we may over-estimate the...”
“I’ve been thinking and talking a lot of late about the belief systems that schools have (or don’t have) about student learning, and as I was digging around for some shoulders to stand on (as usual) I found this powerful snip from Grant Wiggins and...”
Ann S. Michaelsen's insight:
It is therefore incumbent on change agents to be the kind of questioners – that is, habit challengers and habit breakers – we are describing, and to work with staff to develop structures and situations in which exploring our most important questions and needs is safe and supported. That will require leaders to charge not only the professional developers but also every staff member to make a commitment to root out institutional inconsistency between mission and practice at central job responsibility.
Simple, Complicated, Complex The whole video is worth a watch, but I love this quote from a recent presentation by Dave Cormier: “As we’ve gotten more abundant access to knowledge, we’ve reduced the...
Technologies will have little to no impact on learning if teachers are not also provided with training and professional development.
Ann S. Michaelsen's insight:
For those who don't know, a movie was made about Lajvardi, called Spare Parts. It's based on atrue story about four of his students, undocumented Mexican immigrants who spoke English as a second language and lived on public aid. These kids asked Lajvardi to support them in entering an underwater robotics competition. Then, against seemingly insurmountable odds, these students won the competition and beat MIT in the process
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“October 26, 2015 For those of you using Macs in their instruction, the apps below are absolutely worth your attention. These are some of the most popular presentation apps in the Mac App Store which...”
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