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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The Thing that Bugs Me

Mar 15

The Thing that Bugs Me

The most challenging aspect of teaching for me is understanding my role and responsibility for student learning. Teaching undergrads, many who are in their 4th year and preparing to enter the teaching field is mostly very exciting. I generally am thrilled to be able to introduce my students to so many new ideas and people that I believe will empower them as they get...

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The Digital Divide: Live With It

Jan 29

The Digital Divide: Live With It

The term “digital divide” is often used to describe the inequity in regards to access and ability with technology. It’s a thing for sure. What I’m talking about here is the divide that digital brings in relation to our existing model of education. For years I’ve been hearing districts talk about “closing the achievement gap”....

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A Word I Hate Almost As Much As Rigor

Jan 20

A Word I Hate Almost As Much As Rigor

First off, my distain for the word is no secret. The word suggest authority and hierarchy. I suppose in some institutions that still works but as someone who has spent 25+ years in education and now works for a company that has a relatively flat organization in terms of leadership, this article is problematic is many ways. Whenever I come across something about...

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Do What You Love: A Selfish and Misguided Message

Jan 19

Do What You Love: A Selfish and Misguided Message

By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, DWYL [Do What You Love] distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment....

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