Review: Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement -by Jenni Donohoo

I recently had the opportunity to read ” Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement” by Jenni Donohoo (@Jenno_Donohoo).

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Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If,upon reflection, we continue to teach, lead, and learn using the same resources and strategies that we have always employed, are we really doing what’s best for our students?…

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The Udacity of Audacity (or “Education for Uber”)

Try again. Fail again. Better again. Or better worse. Fail worse again. Still worse again. Till sick for good. Throw up for good.

– Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho (1983)

When I quote this passage from Worstward Ho, the somewhat obscure yet recently rejuvenated Samuel Beckett novella, the meaning of the famous lines in the preceding paragraph, those on the forearm of Stan Wawrinka and on the lips of Richard Branson, Elon Musk and other entrepreneurs, change entirely.…

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Failing Forward…As an Adult: Implications for Fostering in a School Culture

Failing Forward…As an Adult: Implications for Fostering This in a School Culture There’s been a lot of conversation over the past couple of years about the soft skills or social emotional skills that should be fostered in our educational system. One of the main themes is the idea that failure is critical to continual learning … Continue reading Failing Forward…As an Adult: Implications for Fostering in a School Culture
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what is the purpose of school?

A little while ago by friend Oliver Schiinkten sent me a tweet asking: 
I responded with a quick tweet back:
And I said that I would probably have to write a blog post to actually explain what I really think. In the mean time, my fantastic friends (and super fast bloggers) Denise Krebs and Joy Kirr responded with their ideas here and here.…
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Aha Moments from ASCA15

School, this year, ended for me on June 26th. However, I was up bright and early on the morning of June 27th excited to be heading for Phoenix and the American School Counseling Association’s National Conference: Spice Up Your School Counseling Program #ASCA15.…

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A Fringe Festival of Learning

“People don’t go to conferences for presentations. They go for the networking.” Overheard on tram 48, 6.47pm, 16.4.15.

As educators we know and understand the importance of providing authentic, rich and fulfilling learning experiences that provide real world contexts for learning.…

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The Role of Portfolios in Personalization, Competency Based Education and Blended Learning

It’s clear that one of the changes needed in education is to personalize learning. This goes hand in hand with competency based education and blended learning. A focus on all three of these areas is key to the futuring of education.…

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What Does Design Thinking Have To Do With the Futuring of Education? Everything!

What does design thinking have to do with the futuring of education? Everything. We are continually striving to reimagine the educational system to provide learning environments that foster innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurialism for all students. Conversations, shifts, and fixes have been going on for years, with few truly disruptive changes.…

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Appsmashing with Teacher Candidates

A little while ago I blogged about Appsmashing. You can read that post about what appsmashing is and how to do it with your iPad here. 

This past semester I tried appsmashing with my class of teacher candidates. It was the end of their first term in PDP (the teacher education program at SFU) and I wanted to give them a project where they could share some of their learning/understanding of our module theme with the class.…
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What the Researchers Got Wrong About Their ‘Sesame Street’ Education Study

Last week, Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland & Phil Levine of Wellesley College received a great deal of media attention for their in-process paper Early Childhood Education by MOOC:  Lessons from Sesame Street.  Asserting that research on Sesame Street & educational efficacy is lacking and has failed to engage beyond the immediate or short-term results, Kearney & Levine designed an apparatus in an attempt to find a correlation between exposure to Sesame Street and longitudinal outcomes such as high school graduation or post-school labor gains.  …

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