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)
There are some questions that students and teachers ask that we really need to stop asking. No, that’s not quite right – we need to start asking them differently. When I was in the classroom, my students always, in the course of receiving an assignment from me, would ask “How long does this need to […]Read More “How Many Minutes Should We Spend on the iPad?”
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
I had the pleasure of once again joining with friends and colleagues Troy Hicks and Sara Kajder on Sunday to share the 2011 edition of Reports from Cyberspace at the 2011 NCTE Annual Convention. The wrinkle, for me, this time around, was that I actually was present via cyberspace, as I was co-presenting from my […]Read More Reports from Cyberspace at #NCTE2011
September 12th. That’s the day everything changed.1 A few weeks previously, I had begun my teaching career as a graduate student teaching freshman composition in room 110 of the Natural Resources Building at Colorado State University. I remember room 110 very well because it was where, six years previously, I took my first English class […]Read More September 12th, 2001. A Wednesday.
On Thursday night, I was helping to introduce the concept of teacher research to a group of teachers in my school district. And it happened. The thing that often happens when you introduce qualitative methodology. We read a sample teacher research study that Michelle and I are fond of. I like the study, a short […]Read More What Counts
Tonight, we kicked off the first team leader meeting of the year for the new cohort of the Digital Learning Collaborative. The DLC, if you didn’t know, is a two-year professional development program we’re in our third year of developing. Year one is a year for personal and professional learning. Year two, which we’ll kickoff […]Read More A Year of Learning
Engchat 2011 from Ben Grey on Vimeo.1 Special thanks to Ben for spending time capturing this work. [↩]Read More #ISTE11: #engchat Reflection
I find myself asking, more and more, in the work I do with teachers and students in my neck of the woods and around the country, a simple question: When and where are you writing with your students? I say this is a simple question, because, well, it is. You should have an answer to […]Read More You Write with Students. Right?