innovative teaching and learning

The Importance of Classroom Observations – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Notice the title of the post…”The Importance of Classroom Observations.” When you hear the term, do you think of observing and evaluating teachers or of the logistics of the space? To me, the term means something different, and it is more of an evaluation of administration than it is of teachers. Let me explain… When I worked as a principal and eventually at central office, I would often take my laptop into classrooms with the permission of a teacher and…

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Keeping “Purpose” in the Forefront – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I am trying to work through some thoughts, so bear me as it is one of those “write to learn” posts. My daughter Kallea and I are watching the movie Smallfoot (which she loves but basically if there is music and it is animated, she will love it) and there is one part in the movie that made me think.  Without going into too much detail and ruining the film for anyone who hasn’t viewed it, Danny Devito is a…

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Beyond Finding Information – The Principal of Change – Education Article

This is a short and funny video to help discussion on the type of learning we are seeing in our world today: What I stress about the video is that it is less about finding information and more about what you do with it. But, what a lot of people argue is that you can’t google everything and it is essential that we develop our knowledge, in which I 100% agree. The idea that technology gets rid of the “basics”…

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The Next Big Thing? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

At the beginning of my teaching career, I applied for a Kindergarten position, and from that interview, I was given the opportunity to teach high school technology.  The reason I was hired to teach a technology class was that I had minimal experience with technology coming out of college and that “minimal” amount was more than anyone they had encountered in their interviews at the time in 1999.  I was reluctant to take the job because I didn’t think I…

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“Leading” often means going first. – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One way you can think about leadership when you are frustrated with others: Why won’t they move forward? A better way to think about leadership when we are frustrated with others: What can I do better to help others move forward? In the first scenario, you are looking for ways to control others. Good luck with that. In the second, you are looking to take ownership of your actions.  That is not only possible, but it can also happen quickly.…

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Defining Your Own Journey – The Principal of Change – Education Article

From “The Innovator’s Mindset“: When forward-thinking schools encourage today’s learners to become creators and leaders, I believe they, in turn, will create a better world. That’s my why, and it’s the way, I believe, we must approach the what and the how of our work as educators. Here is the thing…”Forward-thinking schools” don’t just allow teachers to find and create their solutions; they encourage it.  We can all work together toward a broader vision but our pathways as individuals to that destination,…

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