A Culture of Innovation

Being The Best For The World (Not The Best In The World) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I often share this video of Clint Pulver’s story during my talks, and it has influenced my thinking in many ways. It has changed the way I think about being a teacher, leader, parent, coach, and friend. Being the best for the world starts with empathy. Make sure you watch the video below before you keep reading! You don’t need to be the best teacher in the world. Instead, we should focus on being the best teacher for OUR…

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Try This Design Sprint At Your Next Faculty Meeting – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I often get asked to do short design sprints with leadership teams and teaching teams. One of the major areas to focus on is having people talk about REAL problems, challenges, and opportunities they are currently facing (instead of hypothetical situations).  Instead of just talking about challenges at your next meeting, use this design sprint to start planning solutions. Then share out your thoughts in the comments below! Get access to the slide deck here. Hi. Today we are…

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How to Keep Learning When You Keep Failing – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My son Tucker seems to be growing up too fast. He’s eight years old and playing in soccer, lacrosse, and basketball leagues. He’s reading, playing video games, and always wants to hang with friends. His most recent heroic act was saving his younger brother from a raccoon by kicking off of him! This morning I was watching a highlight video that I made for Tucker’s 1-year old birthday. At the end of the video, I watched him take his…

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Learning Happens When You Stretch (Not When You Overextend) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

James Clear recently shared this and I immediately started to think about my classroom. When students came into the room, they were quick to open up their device, check the do now activity, and get started with an entrance activity. Although the activities changed, it was almost always in the Zone of Automation for my students. Then there were times when I would put together a ridiculously hard/challenging test and almost every single one of my students would be…

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My 2019 Failing Report – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When my students were doing the 20% Project (Genius Hour) in my class we had an “Epic Fail Board” (inspired by a number of people) where they would pin up some of their biggest fails and epic risks. The 20% project required each student to challenge themselves. They were learning and creating with a purpose, often with lofty expectations and goals, and failing came at every step. In the first month of the project, I could sense hesitation from…

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What We Can Learn About Empathy From the Inventor of the Yellow Traffic Light – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Note: The following is an extended excerpt from my upcoming book, Empathy Every Day: How to Listen, Learn, and Lead with Empathy. It is filled with 366 daily stories, vignettes, bits of research, and quotes on empathy (yep, that’s one for each day).  If you visited Cleveland in 1923, the streets were filled with all kinds of bicycles, horse-drawn wagons, cars, and people walking. Most of the roads at this time had no traffic signals, but the large intersections…

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These 8 Books Will Teach You About Empathy – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

*Note: Closed Captioning is available on this YouTube video. Today in this short video (and podcast episode), we’re going to be talking about empathy. Yes, empathy. I’m working on a new book called “Empathy Every Day.” It is 366 short vignettes, stories, quotes, and research about listening, learning, and leading with empathy. As I’m going through this writing process, I’ve been reading a lot about empathy. Particularly, I want to share eight books that spoke to me in different…

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What Project-Based Learning Looks Like In A High School Classroom – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

In the 15 years since diving headfirst into Project-Based Learning (PBL),  I’ve connected with amazing educators doing some type of project-based learning and/or inquiry-based learning (whether it be Genius Hour, 20% Time, or any other name). It’s one of the most empowering types of learning that can happen in (or out) of the classroom, and the real kicker is that we tend to follow this “inquiry-based” learning path in many other areas/aspects of our life. Yet, when I started down this path of…

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We Don’t Have to Change What Works (Just How It Works) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Blockbuster was doing everything right. They had a fantastic business. It was booming and growing each year. They would tweak something here or there. Improve customer service. Move to DVDs or Blu-ray. But the model stayed the same. Because in all honesty: the model was working. Here was the model, in the simplest terms: People want cheap entertainment People want convenient entertainment People want quick entertainment Blockbuster’s job was to give the people what they want (at scale). Netflix…

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The Most Important 21st Century Skill – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I was recently listening to George Couros talk about Ryan Gosling in his presentation. I had seen the presentation before and loved the video he shared where a man battling cancer created these Gosling videos while in the hospital. The story struck a chord the first time I heard it, but this time it was different because of another story I heard about Ryan Gosling from author Shane Snow. Here’s what Shane shared: Ryan Gosling grew up in Canada. His dad…

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Getting Started and Finishing Creative Work – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I used to think all I needed to create something that mattered was passion and I was wrong. It turns out passion/interest might start the engine and get the creative process moving, but the purpose is what takes it all the way to the destination (and beyond). Without Purpose the Process Will Stop I learned this the hard way when I started to write my first (would be) book. It was going to be titled, “The Quantified Teacher”. I…

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5 Ways to Reflect (and Learn) Like a Zombie – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

If you are going through a deep period of reflection at the end of the school year (or even a short period) and are thinking about how to get recharged, I urge you to start living like a zombie. Just hear me out for a minute…(and let’s have some fun with this post). As a big Walking Dead fan, I’ve learned a few things from watching those zombies every week. And I’ve come to respect their ability to succeed…

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What I Wish For Every Kid – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Be more chef. It is a mantra I’ve adopted and taken to heart these past few months as my brother lay in a hospital, seemingly impacting the world more from that bed, then many of could do with bodies that were not full of tumors and cancer. My brother was a chef in every sense of the word. He took the circumstances that life gave him and turned them into something wonderful and new and beautiful. When my brother…

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Creating an Environment Where Innovative Teaching and Learning Flourish – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Last winter, as we were digging out of the twenty inches of snow, my kids were sledding in the backyard and hiding out in their igloo. My 6-yr old son had another snow day passion, filling up a plastic cup with snow to the brim and walking around calling it his “snow cone. I know what some of you are thinking: Don’t let your kid eat snow! Yes, it is a bit excessive, but scientists say it’s not really…

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The Real Reason It’s So Difficult to Start Project-Based Learning – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My colleague and I looked at each other on Tuesday of this week. She had a look in her eyes of pure exhaustion. I could sense a call for help, but I think we were both too tired to send out an SOS. I let out a deep sigh and said, “Man, is it June yet!” The past two weeks had been a whirlwind of non-stop problem finding and problem-solving. It was good work, but tiring work. As a Director…

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