• Career Pathways,  Personal,  Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    My Boyfriend Is Smarter Than Me…

    I have five degrees. Five! An Associate degree, a Bachelor’s degree with a double major, a Master of Arts degree, a Master of Science degree, and a Doctorate in Education.  I love school. And yet, even with all those fancy certificates, my boyfriend is smarter than me. He’s a welder. No fancy college degrees. But he can build and create and fix and imagine in ways my brain can’t comprehend. Case in point: We bought a Jeep. A ’68 Jeep that hadn’t been loved in a very long time. It had been parked in a field for 15 years, stripped of its elements and left abandoned to nature. No seats.…

  • 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…