The Compelling Case for Change: TELL 2016

This year’s Technology Enabled Learning and Leading Symposium for Principals is wrapping up today.  Yesterday we had the opportunity to have conversations with Dr. Tony Wagner about how the current pathways for our students are no longer leading to success. Creating that Compelling Case for Change is so critical.  We are in times of exponential change, […]

Challenging the Status Quo (Safely)

At the end of #YRDSBQuest, Michael Fullan told the educators in attendance that they need to go back and challenge the status quo. I am documenting the ongoing conversation about how to do this safely. We rarely talk about it, but in our work, many educators have told us they won’t blog because they are […]

Ten Years Ago, Ten Years From Now

Today is my dog’s 10th birthday. Technically, he isn’t really my dog.  We bought him for our son 10 years ago. “Basso”, the beagle, was my son’s Christmas present in 2005. A beagle was the #2 item on my son’s wish list. Item #1 was an iPod, but everyone wanted an iPod in 2005, and all of […]

Do Schools Create Non-Learners?

I am taking a little of my own advice today, and rereading Carol Dweck’s 2006 book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. I am still working through the first chapters, but I have already found a number of connections to other work. The most interesting new learning for me comes from exploring the symptoms of […]

What’s an Education That’s Worth Having?

[In 2014, I wrote a post on technology and pedagogy that was recently circulated on Twitter.  It reminded me that it is time to update the thinking in that post.] Simon Breakspear asked the question, “What is an Education That’s Worth Having?” at #uLead15 three months ago.  The answer is complex, and context driven, but, […]

KISS [Keep It Simple Stupid!]

  Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them. Keep It Simple, Stupid! These are great words of advice for creating a presentation. Could they work as well for those of us designing professional learning? In his address to the Ontario Leadership Congress in April 2015, […]

Searching for the Desire (to Learn)

What do we do about the educators who refuse to embrace change? This question keeps bubbling up in conversations, on Twitter, and in blog posts, in different formats, but essentially this is it:  “How do we convince educators that they need to change their practice?” We have names and categories for those who resist change […]

Where is Your Blog?

If you are an educator, you need a blog. It’s 2015. Where are you creating your digital identity? Where do you share resources with other educators? Where do you reflect on your practice? Where are you having conversations about learning and teaching? Where do you model the learning we want to see in every classroom? […]

Are Digital Portfolios a Disadvantage?

It won’t surprise anyone that I am a strong proponent of digital professional portfolios.  I demonstrate how to create them here, and over the past year, George Couros has worked with Principal Associations in Ontario (CPCO/OPC/ADFO) to help our school leaders become connected learners, including the idea of using a blog as a portfolio. I’ve […]

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions From Going in One Year and Out the Other

Let me begin with a huge thanks to @RoyanLee who suggested the @InquiringShow Inquiring Minds podcast in his blog last summer. It has been such a great source of learning for me, especially while out walking the dog, doing the dishes, folding laundry or even (yes, Brandon Grasley) while brushing my teeth! The January 2, […]