I’m writing a series of posts about my experiences at CMK. They’re not necessarily in chronological order. They’ll all make better sense together, so check back and read the whole series. Tonight I write about someone I will not name. I met her at Constructing Modern Knowledge. Her name and role are not important (for […]Read More #CMK18 – Make Magic Happen. Believe in People.
This time of year, I think about transitions. For many teachers and schools, it’s the time of year when the school year has just ended, is ending, or is soon to end. Some folks will be moving on. New roles. New jobs. New opportunities. The summer ahead is about what was and what isn’t and […]Read More What You Have May Well Be Enough (or Three Chords Can Make Beautiful Music)
It was a little more than a year and a half ago that I realized that I wanted to explore what it means to be engaged in civil discourse. Not casually, but to make it a thing I came back to on a very regular basis. We were changing administrations, there was an election lingering […]Read More So We’re Doing This Thing: #amorecivildiscourse
Late last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on the Thinq Studio’s one day unconference. I’ve been watching their work from afar, and following along as some smart folks do wide things. But I was looking forward to spending some time with local colleagues and teachers to explore issues around teaching differently. The […]Read More #Rethinq18 -ing Things
Last week, many of the middle and high school students in my local school district chose to walk out of class to ask for a reconsideration of the way that we handle guns and school safety. They’re a part of a larger national movement, but the schools here are closed for Spring Break during that […]Read More Bravery is Neither Created Nor Destroyed
My friend Zac: That’s the opportunity each of us who has the privilege to working with children has each day. We get to change expectations by raising expectations. We get to throw joy where anger or apathy is expected. We get to be kind.We have the exceptional challenge every day of being better versions of […]Read More “We Get To Change Expectations By Raising Expectations”
A class I was involved in a little while back took a few minutes to write together the other day about a time “before technology,” “after technology,” and “personal technology.” To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I should share my writing there, but it turns out I have a blog – so I can […]Read More Stuff Changes. Or Not. Transformation Isn’t a One Time Thing.
Late last week, I relearned how to tie my shoes. I’m not kidding. Every Friday in my office, my team and I sit together for a weekly team meeting. It’s our chance to be together at the end of a long week, catch each other on what’s been happening and what we’ve been up to, […]Read More Tying My Shoes
Had a check in call with my friends in the Compose Our World project recently. That’s the 9th grade curriculum project I’m working on, and not writing about enough. After our first year of exploring PBL and SEL as concepts to guide and shape 9th grade language arts curriculum, we’re beginning to decide what we […]Read More Do We Want To Design Rides, or Do We Want to Create Imagineers?
This morning at PLA, I heard Sherry Turkle speak on her current research into conversation, a continuation of her work on exploring what happens to people mediated by, through and with technology. It was a useful talk – lots of stuff worth remembering in there. I was struck by her emphasis on empathy and […]Read More #PLA2016: Sherry Turkle and the Power of Conversation