• DD 2022,  Design Thinking,  Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    Compliant Geniuses? Think Again.

    Our district mission statement centers around our calling to  “ignite genius and empower students to advance the world.” That’s a pretty tall order! Especially when, as Seth Godin explains (“The Long Term” podcast), students typically spend 90-95% of their school day on either doing what they’re told, aka compliance, or finding the right answer, also compliance! If only 5-10% of the day is open for a student to think bigger thoughts, then how in the world can we ever expect students to find their genius? Looking for the right answer? It’s easy. You can’t. If we truly want students to find their genius, then we need to provide the opportunities…

  • DD 2022,  Design Thinking,  Teaching and Learning

    A Rubric is Not an Authentic Audience

    Yesterday, as I told my comp class about style and audience and the need to write what one cares about for a reader who wants to understand, one student said the most important thing I’ve ever heard: “I’ve never had an audience in my life. My audience is a rubric.” — Matt Tierney (@figuralities) April 20, 2018 If students have only experienced a rubric as an audience to their writing, we have failed them miserably. Ron Berger, known for his work with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school network, Harvard Project Zero, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, created a Hierarchy of Audience graphic to show how valuable…

  • DD 2022,  Personalization of Learning

    Use the [Internal] Force, Luke!

    When people feel like they can experience success in a situation, they have more reason to put forth the effort to do so. If they feel like a situation is hopeless, or out of their control, why bother? This is the concept behind Attribution Theory. In other words, if I work hard (internal) at this, will I succeed? Or should I not bother because I know my boss never likes anything I do (external)? This is why Carol Dweck is so popular in education circles. Dweck states that “individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They…

  • DD 2022,  Uncategorized

    Do Not Read This Blog Post!

    I was at a local event the other day that was filled with young children and their parents. The children were getting faces painted, collecting Easter eggs, and taking photos with the Easter bunny. As you can imagine, it was a bit… chaotic. Parents chasing children, shouting phrases like: “Don’t run off ahead of me!” “Stop bugging your sister.” “Don’t eat any more candy!” You get the idea. And it made me think, how many times a day do you think a child is told NOT to do something? What if I told you not to watch this video? Would you do it? I’m going to go ahead and assume…