• 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…

  • Personal,  Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    Countdowns Suck. Yes, I said it.

    I wanted to write earlier…I really did. So many blog posts have been ruminating in my brain the past few weeks. But I’ve had a major life event happen. And I needed time to process. And that meant taking a break from my blog. So what happened? My oldest daughter, Alexandra, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In fact, she leaves for basic training in 21 days. 30200 minutes. I’m so insanely proud of her. Having served in the U.S. Army myself, I know how scary it can be to give control of your life over to the government in the name of freedom. But she did it, and not only…

  • Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    Jidoka: Applying the “Human Touch”

    When I met my boyfriend, he was driving a 1991 Toyota Corolla. It was quite the jalopy. The upholstery had seen better days. There were dents and rust.  But it ran. It always ran. Not only did my much newer Ford have more service appointments than that Corolla, but the Corolla also got better gas mileage. It was like the Energizer Bunny… it just kept going. I never appreciated that Corolla. Until today. When I learned about lean manufacturing, Toyota, and the power of Jidoka. Jidoka (or autonomation) is a Japanese manufacturing term that means applying the “human touch” to immediately address manufacturing problems at the moment they are detected.…