The Rudderless Ship

In the world of your average 8th grader, thinking any further ahead in time than “when’s lunch” or “is it 2:30 yet?” is a rare and beautiful thing.  Their lives are full of social interaction, general disgust with all things adult, and irritation at either having to take on responsibilities or being ignored by the…

#InnovativeMindset: There Has to Be More Than This

The week of October 17th was the worst week of my classroom life.  If it could go wrong, it went wrong.  Starting with general disorganization at the beginning,  peaking with standardized testing in the dark (don’t ask, please, just don’t) and ending with the ultimate insult from a student towards me.  Somewhere in there was…

seriously.

What if … I decided that the classroom wasn’t the place to change the face of education as I understand it. What if… the ‘re-education’ of educators has no meaning in a world where educators are learners? What if… I opt out of the status quo and recognize the truth about “innovative learning”? What if……

#InnovativeMindset: Overkill and the New Global Educational Reality

in·no·va·tion – a new method, idea, product, etc. I am opting out on writing on the topic of the week.  I tried, honestly, to come up with some thoughts on it, but something kept nagging at me all week. I’m sick of the word “innovation”. Sort of like, back in the day when I first got…

#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…

Hyperdoc on Tap

So, I bought the book, I’ve actually read it (that’s what you’re supposed to do with the books you buy, right?) and I made a few docs.  I even poked around online and looked at docs others have made. I made my first Hyperdoc late last Spring for Earth Day, and my second for the Summer…