Reflections on Finnish Lessons

These are my personal reflections after reading Pasi Sahlberg’s Finnish Lessons, created and cross-posted to discussions as part of my Educational Leadership coursework.

Pasi Sahlberg in Finnish Lessons focuses on giving a comprehensive description of the education system in Finland by providing a historical, political, and social look at factors that have supported the rise in student achievement since the 1970’s.…

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Reflections on Dr. Nussbaum’s 21st Century Englightenment

My reflections on Dr. Martha Nussbaum on 21st Century Enlightenment follows:

I agree with Nussbaum’s notion that the goal of education is not just to turn out students with skills to drive economic growth, but instead must also be able to build whole citizens.

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Reflecting on Delivering Happiness

I received a copy of Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness: A Pathway to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. The person who gave it to me was spot on with the fact that I would find strong connections to the passion and the core values expressed by Tony.…

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My Thoughts on Blended Learning: The Flex School Model

A few things came together as I am thinking more and more about blended learning, what it means, and how more traditional programs (traditional teaching models as well as Independent Study) could transform student learning by incorporating aspects of blended learning into their programs.…

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My Personal Learning Network

My Personal Learning Network is ever expanding, more rapidly now as I leverage more resources online, and as a result, having a greater impact on my personal and professional practice. The following Prezi illustrates how I see my PLN as of today, March 7, 2013.…

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#ACSATech and #ETMOOC Week 1 Reflections

It’s been a week since expanding my #edtech learning to include both the blended learning #ACSATech Innovative Technology Academy based upon the Leading Edge Certification for Administrators and the Massive Open Online Course #ETMOOC. Both have provided me with similar, yet different, learning opportunities that have made me think more deeply about my own learning as well as what and how I share with others.…

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My Journey is Still Beginning

My progress towards active participation in social networking has been slow; however every step of my journey provides valuable learning opportunities.

What has worked for me over the past three months, and what areas do I still have room to grow?…

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Ready to be an Active Participant

George Couros @gcouros July 20, 2012

This tweet is what moved me from being an observer on twitter to being ready to be an active participant.

The Harvard Business Review article could have been more appropriately titled “Mark Palmerston Still Fears Social Media” and would have summed up very visually how I have felt for many years about many aspects of social media; however the statement that most struck me is the sentence “Fearful, folly and flippant attitudes keep organizations from realizing the benefits of mass collaboration.”

I could not stop thinking about this and was pushed enough to reflect on my personal fears of social media and how this was keeping me from realizing the benefits of fully collaborating with my coworkers, increasing interactions and collaboration with parents, students, and my community, as well as benefiting even more from the international online community.…

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