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Institutionalized August 1, 2013 12:48 pm

Institutionalized

On the recommendation of a couple of Twitter friends I watched Shawshank Redemption for the first time (yeah I know), and I am glad I did. The majority of students I teach and have contact with are seniors and the scene below struck me as how students come to depend on the walls of the schools.

Heads Up Lone Nut July 25, 2013 1:44 pm

Heads Up Lone Nut

Life changing events don’t occur that often, but when they do, well…they’re life changing.

Educators and Developers: A New Model for Collaboration July 24, 2013 3:49 pm

Educators and Developers: A New Model for Collaboration

Innovative educators have been finding ways to personalize the one-size-fits-all mentality of published materials for decades. As we break open the dreaded boxed curriculum materials at the start of every school year, our first thoughts revolve around how we will modify and improve the content to meet the unique needs of each student. If anyone knows how to spice up a learning experience, it is a first class teacher. We have all been doing this for years.

Then Change It! July 23, 2013 9:00 am

Then Change It!

This post is a result of a conversation on Twitter between one of my students and myself about the Chemistry class I teach. This class is required by the state of Michigan in order for students to get a state endorsed (whatever that means) diploma. The class I teach is called General Chemistry is designed for At Risk students to meet this requirement. I have included the conversation below and it is the genesis for this post.

Trivial Pursuits: What’s Trending Now June 18, 2013 9:00 am

Trivial Pursuits: What’s Trending Now

Maybe I am just getting old but I don’t care much anymore about what’s trending and what’s hot. It seems like I am the only one though.

Unpopular Thoughts May 28, 2013 5:26 pm

Unpopular Thoughts

Lately, I have been doing a great deal of listening and thinking and whole lot less talking and writing. I have had some experiences and witnessed some things in the past two months that have challenged some of my beliefs and have helped me arrive at a few thoughts that I know are not very popular.

Your Students Are Not Geniuses May 17, 2013 2:25 pm

Your Students Are Not Geniuses

I’ve noticed a dangerous trend develop recently where, in an attempt to empower students, teachers have started calling them geniuses. I disapprove of this trend–mostly because I am not a genius, and I am jealous of those who are, especially those of you in this EdReach Network community.

You, Disruptor…Are Still Dangerous. May 9, 2013 3:18 pm

You, Disruptor…Are Still Dangerous.

I am usually the “gets along with everybody guy”, the gentle disruptor…not last week though. Last week I learned from a colleague that I am “dangerous”. Really. Me of all guys.

Social Color Commentary: Learning From a Play-by-Play of Real-Life Tragedies April 30, 2013 11:54 am

Social Color Commentary: Learning From a Play-by-Play of Real-Life Tragedies

Having just returned from a trip to Boston and living in the heart of Texas, we’ve seen our share of tragedy the past couple of weeks. In the case of both the Marathon Bombing and the explosion in West, Texas, I used social media to tell me the story.

The First Disruptors: Yvonne Corley April 12, 2013 9:00 am

The First Disruptors: Yvonne Corley

Who was the crazy one? Who disrupted you? When I reflect with colleagues on how far we have come as educators most of us can point to one or two people early in our careers that showed us there was a better way, a different way to do our life’s work. Yvonne Corley, then a second grade teacher at Cholla Elementary School in Casa Grande, Arizona changed everything for me.

Roger Ebert: The Man Who Taught Me How to Read April 4, 2013 8:33 pm

Roger Ebert: The Man Who Taught Me How to Read

So, one of my childhood heroes is gone. I can safely say that, besides John Denver, for me, there is no greater public influence on my work in education, my work as a writer, my obsession with visual, audio, and written media- than Roger Ebert. This hurts.

The First Disruptors: Alan November’s BLC10 Event March 26, 2013 9:12 am

The First Disruptors: Alan November’s BLC10 Event

I know when you think of disruptors, you generally think of people. However, I found that an actual event caused me to be the disruptive person I am today.

The First Disruptors: Eleanor Roosevelt March 21, 2013 1:19 pm

The First Disruptors: Eleanor Roosevelt

When I first read the book , “The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt,” I was mesmerized by this courageous woman. One of my favorite quotes from her is “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” You will be surprised by your capacity to continuously rise to this challenge.

The First Disruptors: Inspired Disruption March 19, 2013 2:36 pm

The First Disruptors: Inspired Disruption

For me, the notion of being a disruptor has been in my blood since I was born the middle child with an older and younger brother. You learn very quickly how to complain and question everything. My older brother was able to do everything because he was the oldest and my younger brother got away with everything because he was the younger of the boys.

Connected for Communication, Yet Still Disconnected March 5, 2013 9:00 am

Connected for Communication, Yet Still Disconnected

What the 4 parties in the education community can do better to be in the know and live in the now. I hear some of the same lines year after year from all the parties involved.

Why Email Should Die February 26, 2013 12:22 pm

Why Email Should Die

This year for Lent, I decided to give up email. Now, I know what a lot of you might be thinking. “We would all LOVE to give up email, we’d have so much free time.” I heard comments like that as well as smirks and off-hand remarks about how I’ll surely get fired. Now, while I can’t claim that I won’t get fired for this, I’m now two weeks in and it has been EYE-OPENING.

10 Reasons Facebook Fails Education February 24, 2013 11:03 am

10 Reasons Facebook Fails Education

So – I know what you’re going to say, right. It’s not Facebook’s responsibility to do anything for education right? I totally agree with that sentiment.

Be Linchpins. Ferret out the Weasels. February 15, 2013 10:16 am

Be Linchpins. Ferret out the Weasels.

You might have guessed by the title, what book I just finished reading. Linchpin  is from  Seth Godin who also wrote Tribes, The Dip, and The Icarus Deception – How High Will You Fly? In the book, Godin advocates that we all need to move beyond just taking orders and start bringing more of our own personalities and overall humanity to our jobs. If we just show up and do only what we are told then we are just “cogs” in a factory system no […]