“When Am I Ever Going To Use This in Real Life?”

In Tony Wagner’s book Creating Innovators, he argues that play, passion and purpose are at the center of developing innovators.  His research identified that when young people are allowed to play, are given opportunities to pursue their passions and are given work that has a purpose bigger than themselves, they find meaning, experience success and are highly motivated.  As I …

Students Transforming School: Brainstorming

Envisioning the Ideal School Introduction and context: As the first task of my fellowship, I created a steering committee to help me with the work I would be undertaking next year.  I chose several teachers and an administrator and asked each one of those people to invite two students to participate.  Because my project is about personal learning ( and …

7 Ways to Start Talking Education Transformation

Starting the Conversation About Education Transformation If you have been around the education world for a while, you know that most change happens in the following way.  Your principal or administrator makes a decision to go forward with an initiative.  An inservice is provided and you are expected to implement the initiative.  It’s no surprise that this doesn’t work. We …

My Teacher Told Me Not To Bother With School!

Should We Really Be Focusing on College? How would you feel if a teacher told your kids that they didn’t have to go to school to make a living or be happy? Or that they could make plenty of money without going to college?  As a teacher and fervent proponent of education, this certainly makes me squirm a little bit. …

Save Time and Empower Kids

This post is coming from a convergence of an extremely busy week filled with planning a new unit, completing my paperwork duties, administering state testing, planning for summer projects, taxes and just regular life and work on top of that.  Time is probably a teachers most common enemy.  Meanwhile I was reminded of a funny video by The Onion regarding …

Book Review: Grading

One of the most debated topic these days seems to be grades.  Educators are really beginning to question the traditional grading system on a large scale.  In the past, these discussions have always ended with “but that’ll never happen” and now people are making changes in their classrooms, their schools and even on a larger scale in some districts.  Some …