The Black Mirror Effect – Human problems not technology problems

If it isn't already, the Black Mirror Effect will come to be known as the phenomenon of people taking an amazing technology and screwing it up. If you haven't seen Black Mirror yet, check it out (just don't start with season 1 episode 1 The National Anthem - try Nosedive, San Junipero, Whitebear or White Christmas, … Continue reading The Black Mirror Effect – Human problems not technology problems

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Permeate and Transcend

Often, when we are deep in the thinking and doing of making change, we focus on embedding the change in a defined area or process, or with a specific group. Usually, the hope* is that it will then percolate into other areas and processes over time. Sometimes though, we aim higher - to have the … Continue reading Permeate and Transcend

The Nebulous Nature of Influence

Measuring influence is tricky business. Influence differs from impact in that impact usually comes with a set of predetermined and measurable criteria. Influence is more nebulous as it is often about changing behaviours and mindsets over time. The prevailing preference for those looking to show stakeholders how well a group, initiative or strategy is working … Continue reading The Nebulous Nature of Influence

Learning Momentum

I was speaking to a group of teacher candidates recently, and asked them to finish the sentence, "I want the students in my class to be...". I captured their responses in this word cloud. No surprise that engaged was by far the most popular answer (as well as one person who just wanted them to … Continue reading Learning Momentum

Promoting Collisions

  A recent post by Max Drummy on the NPDL Connects blog made me think about how well our schools and classrooms are set up for (and foster) diversity of thinking. In the post, there is a video (Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson) that talks about how the coffee houses and salons of the … Continue reading Promoting Collisions

Perception Problems

Blog Hop 3 in the Innovator's Mindset series begins with some questions. Not just any questions. "What if..." questions. They are tricky. On the one hand, they allow us to suspend our current context and dream of what could be. On the other, they are sometimes followed with statements that perpetuate the barriers (real and perceived) … Continue reading Perception Problems

Starting From Scratch

The second Blog Hop in the Innovator's Mindset series asks... If you were to start a school from scratch, what would it look like? I think if we could build a new school from scratch, with no constraints, no barriers, no no's, it would look very different from what we have now. It would also feel and … Continue reading Starting From Scratch

Staff Empowerment and other Superpowers

School leaders have superpowers. Not the old standards like invisibility, flight or x-ray vision, but something with more impact and longevity. Empowerment! And as Uncle Ben says, "With great empowerment comes great responsibility." Having a staff who are (and know they are) empowered to be creative, to innovate  and to have meaningful input into directing their professional … Continue reading Staff Empowerment and other Superpowers

World Teachers’ Day: More than just a pat on the back

Every October 5th, UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrates World Teachers' Day. While many will mark the day by thanking a teacher, there is much more to this internationally recognized day than the well deserved appreciation of our teachers. The tag line for this year's World Teachers' Day is "Invest in the … Continue reading World Teachers’ Day: More than just a pat on the back