Lessons in Leadership

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 Struggle to Do Work That Matters Is Real (And Worth It) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

In 1915 Albert Einstein sent a letter to his son, Albert. Einstein was living with his second wife and had not seen either of his two sons for quite some time. It was in 1915 that Einstein had finalized his theory of general relativity, and this letter to his son hints at that monumental achievement. However, what strikes me about this letter (which I first saw in Farnam Street) is Einstein’s thoughts on learning that he shares with his 11-year-old son.…

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Creating Authentic Partnerships for Your School (One Email At A Time) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Let me try to paint this picture. We were sitting in our school conference room on a Skype call with a Norwegian company, First Scandinavian, who creates and runs Newton Rooms around the world. Across the table from our High School Principal and Student Design Lab teacher were two leading research scientists from The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education. In the middle of the conference room table sat a PCR Machine (which if you asked me what this…

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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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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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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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