We want our students to think critically about the sites on the internet. We want them to think critically about the information shared online, and make sure that the information is bias free. Particularly when conducting research. Perhaps most important, we want students to not be swayed into rhetoric that is damaging or dangerous to... Continue Reading →

Helping kids to find their Writing Superpower: by Allison Tait

The following is a guest post by Allison Tait, Author of The Mapmaker Chronicles     As an author who’s regularly asked to visit schools for talks and workshops, I have one main question for educators: Who am I talking to? I find that the candidates for small group workshops tend to be made up of... Continue Reading →

Our students need us more than ever. Society needs us more than ever. Educators are key to teaching critical literacy. We want our students to think critically about the world around them. We want them to think critically about all information shared through media, and make sure that the information is bias free. Particularly when... Continue Reading →

I have begun to think about how I would make sure that my practice is fair for helping Syrian Refugees in classrooms. First, I don't know their stories, and can't ever own them either. I think that there is pressure for teachers to know all, and be in complete control of the underlying stories that... Continue Reading →

I have been thinking a lot lately about the deeper ‘why’ behind the need for innovation in education. The deeper WHY behind the need for new spaces and also new initiatives including, but not limited to, makerspaces and genius hour. While I have led initiatives like these before, and believe in them, I wanted to... Continue Reading →

What does it mean to be normal? How can we tell if new and innovative tasks and pedagogies are truly authentic - or just considered authentic because it fits into our privileged views of what normal is? Innovation. New Pedagogies. Digital literacies. 21st Century Learning Skills. How do we make sure we are not just... Continue Reading →

Innovation is truly an evolution of ideas. It is so much more than the great ideas that spring from our 'aha' moments. I think that we are in the midst of an evolution of old ways of doing things in the library, toward new models of meeting new demands, exploring new ways of allowing ideas... Continue Reading →

  We are hearing so much about collaboration. We hear about all of the benefits, why we should do it, how it improves our practice and student achievement.  I have had wonderful success with amazing collaborations through inquiries, projects, conferences, leadership opportunities, and with students, parents an amazing colleagues! In this way, it has solved... Continue Reading →

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