Permission is not a royal decree …

... and why you need something more powerful anyway. One word I have been struggling with lately (although I have used it often) is permission. I do believe we need to let people know that it is OK to take risks and try new things, but "permission" just has an air of power and authority … Continue reading Permission is not a royal decree …

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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

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 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

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

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!

Does your school community know?

We have heard many times that students don't care what you know until they know that you care. Like so many great ideas, strategies and tools from the classroom, we forget that they are just as valid for administrators, teachers, parents and whole communities as well. "Your school community won't care what you know until they … Continue reading Does your school community know?