#MyInnovativeYear: The Perfect School #IMMOOC

(this is my 200th post!  yay me!) Over the years, various conversations have been held with different people about the things we’d love to see in a school that “has it’s act together”.  My perfect school would include the following: Physical Structure: I once worked in a building with a rotunda.  Each of the six…

#MyInnovativeYear: How Does Innovation Look on Me? #IMMOOC

I love to write, I’ve got a binder full of short stories and the skeleton of a novel in a folder on my Drive. I started this blog as a reflection place for me as I started my Masters in Educational Technology.  I needed to get the noise out of my head.   I had no idea…

#MyInnovativeYear: The Purpose of Education #IMMOOC

Back in the middle ages (ok, the late 60s/early 70s) when I was matriculating through school, the powers that be in the educational universe were preparing the majority of humans for work in the well oiled industrial sector. I attended school in a town which, at the time, boasted the largest steel mill in North…

#MyInnovativeYear: #IMMOOC and Being Stuck in Neutral

Ok, I’m writing this while in a state of general frustration.  Not necessarily the best time to discuss innovation in education or in life in general, but it is what it is.  Way back in January, I wrote a post on the joys of NOT writing New Year’s resolutions, having a plan and this being…

Reflective Learning: Quickie, Slicky, Tricky Assessment

I have never been one for giving students quizzes or exams.  There’s enough of that crap going on in schools these days and the level of stress and anxiety created in even saying the word “test” is unbearable even for me… and I’m not even the one taking the test. Yet, this year, I want…

A Different Kind of Year

I’ve been back in the classroom a couple of weeks now.  I can say, it’s an adventure in the making.  This particular group of students have already proven to be a classroom management challenge.  We anticipated it.  At the end of last year, we met with them (as 7th graders) to let them know what…