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

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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 past … 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

Learning Culture: We have been looking in the wrong place

We have learned plenty about school culture over the last decade - positive school climates, safe and caring schools, and learning environments. When we hear school culture, we immediately think about safe schools, positive behaviours, school spirit, and a welcoming community. But, there is a deeper and more powerful force at work in our classrooms. It requires … Continue reading Learning Culture: We have been looking in the wrong place