• The Why is the Key to the What and the How

    He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche I have been thinking about teachers a lot lately. Many of you are working on revising, rewriting, or simply writing curriculum and lesson plans that ares responsive to the different teaching you’ll be doing as…

  • Designer or Design Thinker?

    Innovation is when something new is created and implemented that adds value. Inventions happen every day, and every year inventions find their way into our classroom.  It’s only when an invention adds value that they become an innovation. A lot of times we get caught up in the invention, or…

  • Boxes Aren’t For Thinking

    How do you innovate from inside the box? “Think outside the box” is probably one of the most overused statements. No matter what the situation, or problem, inevitably someone will say, “We need to think outside the box.” The problem with thinking outside the box is that leadership often wants…

  • Imagining Joyful Learning Spaces

    This past month our innovation team has been fortunate to work with a school staff that is looking to reimagine their library space. Currently a traditional space with plain walls, a large circulation desk, and giant book shelves, the staff is wanting to build a space that reflects the joy…

  • Empathy is Always Worth the Time

    There are days when we all probably ask ourselves, “Is anyone actually listening?!?” Then I read tweets from teachers like this, and I realize the ripple effects from a pebble can travel much farther than seen from shore. Meg is one of those teachers I get excited to know and…

  • Pickle Hives and Design Thinking

    “Babe, I was eating a pickle and it made my feet break out in hives!” Not quite the greeting I was looking for after an exhausting 14 hour day of work, evening teaching, and traffic, but that’s what welcomed me at home. And sure enough there were giant welts all…