The impact of Innovation on Power & Privilege

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 ideasContinue reading “The impact of Innovation on Power & Privilege”

The Collaboration Contemplation

  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 solvedContinue reading “The Collaboration Contemplation”

Teacher Moderation & Assessment in the age of Knowledge and Innovation

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, opportunitiesContinue reading “Teacher Moderation & Assessment in the age of Knowledge and Innovation”

Who Benefits from Collaboration & Does it Matter?

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 “Who Benefits from Collaboration & Does it Matter?”

The Library Learning Commons and Self-Regulation

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 howContinue reading “The Library Learning Commons and Self-Regulation”

Is Student Agency at odds with Standardization?

  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 “Is Student Agency at odds with Standardization?”

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. ThisContinue reading “Learning is Complicated: 4 Myths in Education Explained”

Make School Different!

Thanks to @DougPete for tagging me in the ongoing meme #makeschooldifferent : Here are some of the things that I think we need to stop ‘pretending’ in our schools:  We have to stop pretending that: 1. Content matters more than the skills. Content can be Googled.  Further, writing a test will only work well for thoseContinue reading “Make School Different!”