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

Innovator’s Mindset. It’s liberating!

The Innovator's Mindset is the catalyst for an interactive, collaborative and differentiated thinkfest. Through the power of OSSEMOOC, educators from all over the world are participating in a series of Google Hangouts as a springboard to a larger conversation about innovation. The first section deals with innovation in education: ‘What it is, what defines it, and what it … Continue reading Innovator’s Mindset. It’s liberating!

Distance measured in roles

I recently heard (both first and second hand) a couple comments which made me think about a post I wrote earlier this year called Learning or Achievement. It was originally written as part of a #TTOG inquiry but the opening paragraph was more about the questions "What are we about?" and "Why are we here?". My … Continue reading Distance measured in roles

Fluid Potential

You can't participate in an EdChat or read an EduBlog these days without someone mentioning growth mindset. The work of Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler around fostering growth mindsets has found its way into school districts around the world. More recently, there has been a groundswell of students talking the growth mindset talk. The growth mindset … Continue reading Fluid Potential

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