pedagogy

How Did I Overcome Teacher Burnout? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What does it mean to practice a pedagogy of love? I love teaching, but partway through my third year in the classroom I was heading towards burnout. I didn’t know it at the time but a chance encounter with Gert Biesta saved me. A practice of love can transform our classrooms and school communities and lead to happier teachers and students… A chance encounter … My journey began in Biesta’s graduate course where he asked each…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This year faculty at our school have utilized Folio Collaborative (@foliocollab), an outstanding framework encouraging teacher peer-coaching and mentorship relationships among educational professionals. I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a “Folio coach” for three of our faculty, and today I worked on website documentation of the classroom visits and observations I completed last fall and this spring. Ideally I would have entered each one of these into the Folio website as I finished them. My plate has been full…

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Why All Educators Need SAMR And TPACK – Education Article

Lately, the work I’ve been doing with teachers and leaders has centered around the engaging and effective use of technology. In addition to developing a guide for how teachers can plan better using technology and what leaders can look for when doing walkthroughs, I have had many conversations around the transformational use of technology. Specifically, what does that  look like? On its surface technology can make learning more fun and engaging. Allowing students to create podcasts or work on websites,…

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The Pedagogy of Blended Learning – Education Article

Blended instruction is what the teacher does with technology. Blended learning is where students use tech to have control over path, place, and pace. – Eric Sheninger I remember back in 2012 when we began to implement blended learning strategies at my former high school.  At the time the flipped approach was all the rage and best suited for the resources we had and the age group of our kids. The goal was to make the learning experience more personal for…

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The Point of a Lesson – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Point of a Lesson The Point of a Lesson I am not a huge fan of collecting lesson plans and have not been for years.  It is my opinion that you can learn a great deal more by collecting and looking at assessments.  Regardless of where you stand on the whole lesson plan debate, the intent is what really matters. For all of us who have taught or have been in a leadership position that supports…

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3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal 3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal In education, a lesson makes or breaks a learner’s experience in a classroom.  Planning takes time. I remember many nights and weekends that I spent countless hours developing a variety of activities that would keep my students engaged while also following the scope and sequence of the curriculum based on the standards that needed to be addressed.  When it is all said and done, it…

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The foundations of innovation in L&D – Education Article

There are two sides of the innovation coin in corporate learning & development: technology and pedagogy. The former is rather obvious and is often conflated with the term innovation. Futuristic hardware and magical software that educates everyone at the press of a button are tempting “solutions”. Some folks call this mindset Shiny New Toy Syndrome, and by golly, it’s a pandemic. The latter is less obvious because it involves thinking, and I’m not being facetious when I say that thinking…

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Unleashing the True Potential of Video for Learning – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Unleashing the True Potential of Video for Learning Unleashing the True Potential of Video for Learning The best job on the planet is that of a parent.  I can’t begin to explain how awesome it has been over the years watching my kids grow up and being actively engaged in their lives.  Sure, there are some lows along the way, but the highs are what bring so much joy and purpose into our own lives.  If you…

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