When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

Nov 06

When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

My favorite shot in golf is hitting a long iron on the green. For most golfers, even pros, hitting the ball on the green from over 200 yards is a difficult shot. When you pull it off there’s a great feeling of satisfaction. I was playing by myself a few weeks back on a lovely golf course and came upon a long par 3 measuring 170 yards from the tees I was...

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Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

Oct 28

Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

I had an idea on a flight today. Listen Now  Smart People I Know presentation My other podcasts Now add your questions or ideas....

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Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning?

Oct 26

Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning?

I often ask people what they believe about learning. I suggest many people view learning and schools synonymously which while they aren’t, I think many schools inadvertently send a message that ┬álearning is like Buckley’s cough syrup: “It tastes awful but it works.” Learning isn’t supposed to be easy. Or is it? As I explore the way we...

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Reflection Trumps Connection

Oct 07

Reflection Trumps Connection

This month is Connected Educator month. That’s a good thing. I think we need to continue to support the notion that teachers need each other. We now have a myriad of ways to stay in touch with the brightest and best around the world. We can form groups as easily as a click of the mouse. In one might be considered the most challenging time to be an educator, we...

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Technology is Hope

Oct 05

Over the past several years we’ve seen technology referenced in many ways. Technology is changing how our brains work Technology is disruptive Technology is an amplifier Technology is just a tool Technology is transforming education Technology isn’t making a difference in schools Depending on the day and the context I could probably argue both sides of...

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Put the Laptops Away

Sep 10

Put the Laptops Away

Part of what makes me pay attention to an article like this is that it’s written by someone whom I respect. Clay Shirky talks about something fairly radical for a person who is generally seen as an advocate for social media and technology. ┬áHe admits a complete change in mindset on the use of laptops of his class. I have been teaching classes about the...

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And What Do You Mean By…

Aug 15

And What Do You Mean By…

People listen to leaders. Whether we’re talking about true leaders or people considered leaders because of status or authority, their words impact culture. Over the last several years of the “reform” movement, words like “accountability” “data driven” “student achievement” “rigorous curriculum” and...

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