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 →

I think it behooves us to ask ourselves whether collaborative assessment practices including moderation, is different now that we are headed into 2016 - versus what it looked like in 2006? The process of grading and assessing students is very subjective, and it always has been - but with so much information, technology, globalization, opportunities... Continue Reading →

Collaboration unfolds differently in different situations, yet more often than not, we make assumptions about the effects of collaboration in all settings and for all purposes. I recently read the following document entitled: Collaborative Overreach: Why collaboration probably isn’t key to the next phase of school reform by James Croft: http://www.cmre.org.uk/sites/default/files/Collaborative%20overreach.pdf According to this article,... Continue Reading →

I have been reading Stuart Shankers amazing book entitled Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation. As I am reading Stuart Shankers amazing book, I am starting to think of the Learning Commons with an added lens of how to help students also self-regulate. As I integrate my new learning, I cannot help but consider how... Continue Reading →

  I have been thinking a great deal about what it means to teach in ways that allow for student agency to be actualized. We need to be experts with technology and curriculum, and more. However, we also need to move far beyond the technology tools and the curriculum expectations with our teaching, to ‘meet’... Continue Reading →

Learning is Complicated: 4 Myths in Education Explained

  Education abounds with myths, several of those 'myths' are about how the brain works. These myths have a long standing history of being perpetuated, believed, purchased, and shared. As educators we all have our own inquiries and hypotheses of how students learn best, sometimes we do this with a lack of educational research. This... Continue Reading →

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