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The Real Reason It Is So Difficult To Plan For Online Learning – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My colleague and I looked at each other on Tuesday of last 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, “Wow, is it June yet!” The past few weeks had been a whirlwind of non-stop problem finding and problem-solving. It was good work, but tiring work. As the…

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The Ultimate Guide to Choice Boards and Learning Menus – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Note: I’ve broken this guide into three distinct parts. All of the resources shared in the examples section can be accessed for free, including those I used from NextLesson when you sign-up for a one-month trial. Other free resources are shared on my Remote Learning Hub. Please share your examples and resources in the comments! Part 1: Why Choice Boards? Why Now in Emergency Remote Learning? Part 2: Step-by-Step Process for Developing Your First Choice Board Part 3: Examples…

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This is not online or distance learning – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I messed up. For the first few weeks of our current situation, I’ve been referring to what teachers, schools, families and kids are going through as “online learning” or “distance learning” or “virtual learning” (note: you can see this verbiage in the resources I’ve curated) While we are all doing some of that online/distance/virtual learning right now, it is not what this should be called. This is emergency remote learning. It was not planned for. Most school’s curriculum was…

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The Power of Compassionate Action – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Note: The Kickstarter for my new book Empathy Every Day is closing down on March 31st. If you haven’t backed the project yet, I’d love for you to check it out here. It was my daughter’s 11th birthday a few days ago on March 28th. My wife and I were scrambling to make sure it was special, even though she wouldn’t be able to have a real birthday party, hang out with her friends, or see her extended family.…

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Leading With Empathy During Times of Change – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

The longer I live, the more I notice how valuable it is to do one simple thing: be kind.– When someone does a good job, tell them.– When someone makes a mistake, forgive them.– When someone tells you their problems, listen.Being kind barely costs a thing. You’ll hardly remember you did it, but the other person may never forget that you did.-James Clear Note: This is an excerpt from the book, Empathy Every Day. In a 2008 study conducted…

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Feeling like an imposter – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

​I’ve got to be honest. I started thinking about writing my new book, Empathy Every Day, over a year ago. The first time I actually shared the idea with someone, I was quick to point out: But, I don’t want to be an empathy expert. I feel like every time I would mess up and act without empathy, people would look at me as a hypocrite. Throughout the past year, I’ve thought more about empathy than I ever have in…

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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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Inside the Daily Creative Battle – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I’m releasing a new book into the world very soon. It is different from any other book I’ve ever written. It is different in format (it is a daily read with 366 short vignettes, stories, quotes, and ideas on empathy), it is different in who the audience is going to be (I wrote it for anyone who interacts with people, but specifically for those of us that interact with kids as a parent, teacher, coach, or leader), it is…

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What My Brother Continues to Teach Me About the Impact We Each Have on This World – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Somewhere in Swaziland, a kid is going to school for the first time. She’s got a new backpack, filled with school supplies, a teacher excited to work with her, and a class full of peers ready to learn. She gets fed, challenged, and supported every day. This happens, in part, because of my brother. Somewhere in Pennsylvania, a family is battling a cancer diagnosis. They’ve been at the hospital all week, traveling back and forth. They are exhausted both…

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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 Middle School Classroom – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My first full year of teaching was as an eighth-grade language arts teacher. It was my dream job at the time. I loved the energy of middle school students, and I was still taller than most of them (that changed towards the end of the school year!). My situation was even better than expected because our MS teams had two language arts teachers, and I taught three 85-minute blocks, instead of five 40-minute blocks. Although this was more “time”…

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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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What To Do When Your Kid Becomes Passionate About Something – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My daughter had been singing for almost two hours with no break. The song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from the Frozen soundtrack was on repeat, and my wife and I looked at each other. “She’s pretty good,” we both said as she added a new piece of choreography to her accompanying dance. In fact, my mind started running about how good she really was, and how great she could become. We all want the best for our…

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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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