Recently, a project I spent some time on last spring and summer came to life. Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom is now available for free download as a PDF or a 99 cent eBook via the Amazon Kindle store. I’m biased, but I think you should take a peek. The goal of the project […]Read More Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom
We’re reading Unmistakable Impact by Jim Knight together as a large team at work. This is the third post in my series on that reading and reflection. This month’s chapter is on coaching, both the role of the coach and the practices and habits an instructional coach can use to make a difference in his or her work. […]Read More On Coaching and Choice
One of the honors and privileges of my current position is that I get to work with some really smart people. I mean wise folks. The folks I want my children to learn with and from. And I get the opportunity, from time to time, to see these smart folks in action. This year, on the first […]Read More In Good Hands
I had the opportunity earlier this week to sit in on a conversation with teacher librarians and other media staff during a kickoff event to start the school year. We were sharing some lunch and talking about our hopes for the year – specifically, we were discussing how we will be working to build libraries […]Read More Safe Places & What Is Yet To Come
Sheridan Blau on the National Writing Project, writing on page 98 of James Gray’s Teachers at the Center: Having experienced what it means to learn in a community of learners, teachers are inclined to count such learning as more authoritative and authentic than any other and to think of such learning as the proper aim […]Read More Yeah. It’s Like That.
I’m listening to Donalyn Miller right now speaking about reading and writing and teaching at the NWP Annual Meeting in Orlando. She just mentioned a conversation that I wanted to get down before I forgot it. Donalyn was asked about her students’ reading. “Your students,” the inquirer asked, “read fifty books a year without any […]Read More Well Isn’t It?
Lately, I’ve found myself, quite by accident, thinking a great deal about what an “online school” might look like, were I to have the opportunity to be involved in the creation of one. I’m watching this process unfold in my school district, and it’s started some wheels a’turning. And this is thinking that, while I’ve […]Read More It’s Blurry. But It’s Still a Vision
Dear Teachers College Press: I’m an awful big fan of your work. I mean a really, really big fan. Of the five or six books on my desk at work right now, three of them are yours. I made arrangements to order another of your titles just before I headed home for the weekend.1 Paper. Texts. […]Read More An Open Letter to My Favorite Educational Publisher
I’m fiddling with the idea of pushing ePUB via RSS to iTunes, which probably won’t work. But to get there, I’m going to need to have some ePUB in an RSS feed or two, so as a bonus for you, dear reader, I’m posting a copy of my Instapaper export for this week. I’m a […]Read More What I’d Like To Be Reading
Twice today I’ve seen stories in the media, passed around by educators, that gave me pause. In both cases, the articles, headlines, and/or authors and sharers of the article passed along the notion that “Technology X enables skill Y.” I was a wee bit disappointed, not just because of the enthusiasm I saw in the […]Read More Forks Make Us Fatter! (No, wait. It's something else.)