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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Focusing on the Time You Have, Not How Much You Have – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

As I sit here writing this my brother is on a respirator in a hospital room. He hasn’t been able to breathe completely on his own or wake up fully in three days. His wife sits, sleeps, and prays by his side. My parents do the same. Family members and friends have poured in to see him over the past three days. He is loved because he has loved. We are broken because he is broken. We have hope…

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A Mission and Manifesto – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When I started on this writing journey seven years ago, there were a couple of things I knew for sure. I wanted to share experiences through writing. Something different was happening in my classroom. There was so much about learning that I had yet to learn. I started blogging because I had been reading blogs. I was sharing articles and posts online. I was following educators, professors, coaches, historians, scientists, and journalists who had all taken time to share…

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The Consequences Model | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why is it important to make decisions promptly? School leaders (and teachers) are required to make countless decisions on their feet, and although many of their actions are not life-threatening, the difficulty mainly lies in the impact each decision has on others and the speed in which these decisions are required to be made. What impact do your decisions have? I have been slowly working my way through some of the strategic ideas from The Decision Book…

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Four Questions to Maximize Engagement – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When I heard the news that Phil Schlechty had passed away it was sudden and I felt sadness. I’ve never met Phil but I’ve been deeply impacted by his work throughout the years. You see it’s one of the things I’m learning about education and writing in this whole connected place: We get to know people through their work, we get to know people through their passions, and we get to know people who we actually don’t know face-to-face. Schlechty’s…

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Understanding The Science Of Learning And Our Role In The Process – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

It is a blessing and a curse. Over the past 10-20 years, there have been numerous books, articles, and videos centered around the idea of cognitive science—or the science of how we learn. Still, many of those books and videos focused on one specific stage to the learning process and did not give a full overview of what it looked like to not know something, to know something, and then be able to use that knowledge and understanding in…

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How to Use Learning Goals to Pick the Right Technology Tools – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Three different schools, in three different states, in a matter of two weeks. I got the same question. “How can I use Flipgrid in my class?” “Have you tried this with Flipgrid?” “Oooh, this would be perfect with Flipgrid!” It seems that Flipgrid has teachers and school leaders around the country (and world) excited to use its product for learning purposes. But, last summer I was bombarded with the same questions about Formative and Google Classroom. Before that, it…

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Teaching Our Kids About The Necessary Work To Have An Opinion – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

“I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything thatI don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.”— Charlie Munger It was early on in my teaching career when it hit me: My students believed any opinion on our current text was a good opinion. They would offer up their own “thoughts”, “beliefs”, “feelings” and opinions on the short-story, and believed (wholeheartedly) that any reader response was a correct reader response. At first, I didn’t want to say…

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Why Mental Models Are So Important – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

You may have heard this story: A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. In the case of the first person, whose hand landed on…

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A Practical Approach – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

In the 1930’s there was a young boy who had become addicted to and obsessed with eating sugar. His mother decided to get help and took the long and hot journey with her son walking many miles and hours under the scorching sun.  She finally reached Gandhi and asked him to tell her son to stop eating sugar, it wasn’t good for his health. Gandhi replied, “I cannot tell him that. But you may bring him back in a few weeks and then I…

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What Happens When We Become 1% Better Every Day – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I had the chance to interview New York Times bestselling author James Clear, for my new podcast, Scratch Your Itch. James is the author of Atomic Habits and has built up a massive tribe at JamesClear.com. In this episode, we talk about his new book, how he got started researching about habits, what he believes are the biggest game changers for our lives in terms of habits, and what this means for learning better (and helping fuel curiosity). You…

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Focusing On What Is Going To Stay The Same in Education – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

One of my favorite writers (and thinkers) in the world, Shane Parrish, recently wrote a post titled, “What’s Staying the Same?”. In this post, he flips the questions we all are normally asking (what is going to change?) into one that has relevance for all aspects of life, but especially for education: I want to know the future. So do you. However, our desire to know the future leads us to seek answers to unanswerable questions. The question, “What’s…

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Stories Are the Key to Building Empathy – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Listen to the podcast here or check it out on iTunes or the Google Play store. I was recently listening to a speaker (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…

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My 2018 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 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 many…

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Top 10 ‘Afternoon’ Teaching Strategies – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What ‘end of the week’ teaching ideas do you have up your sleeve? Teachers will be back to school all the bright-eyed with enthusiasm(?), renewed and ready to perform during the term ahead. But, the looming spectre of lethargy and inattention is only ever one poorly chosen activity away. Here are my top-10 afternoon classroom activities. 1. Self-Guided Worksheets Much like Ronseal, this does exactly what it says on the tin. From knowledge organisers to extended…

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