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Dec 7, 2010
Comments Off on Seth Godin (http://bit.ly/hHesrr) To take it a step further we also need competition to see how fast and good we can be. Is this the case for educators? By being pulled to the middle, average, without encouragement / recognition of being great, do we all travel at the same speed? Is it time for educators to start challenging each other? Calling on others to also be great?

Seth Godin (http://bit.ly/hHesrr) To take it a step further we also need competition to see how fast and good we can be. Is this the case for educators? By being pulled to the middle, average, without encouragement / recognition of being great, do we all travel at the same speed? Is it time for educators to start challenging each other? Calling on others to also be great?

Most of us need competition to tell us how fast to go.

Dec 7, 2010
Comments Off on Simple. Ask a question, read, connect with the issues, connect with people, document it, and then pu

Simple. Ask a question, read, connect with the issues, connect with people, document it, and then pu

Simple. Ask a question, read, connect with the issues, connect with people, document it, and then pu

Dec 7, 2010
Comments Off on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XD2kNopsUs Jason Fried author of the great book, ReWork delivers an

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XD2kNopsUs Jason Fried author of the great book, ReWork delivers an

Jason Fried author of the great book, ReWork delivers an interesting talk titled, “Why work doesn’t happen at work.”

The educational implications are clear.

We are the managers. Our lectures, lessons, activities are the meetings. Are we the reason students are ineffective in their learning? Are we the distractions? How can we shift it?

Many teachers will say that students cause their own distraction. Is it because we’ve already cut up their day for them? Is it because we’ve only given them learning “moments”?

We have to rethink our role in the classroom.

Fried challenges us to develop a culture of deep thought, a chance to find flow, and an opportunity longer than 15 minutes to find creativity. I think he may be on to something.

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I strongly recommend reading ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. It is a great book that questions our ideas of work, the office and how to be more efficient and effective. Their business success is an interesting story too.

Dec 6, 2010
Comments Off on School is something that goes in one ear and out the other. School is something that is told to you.

School is something that goes in one ear and out the other. School is something that is told to you.

School is something that goes in one ear and out the other. School is something that is told to you.

Dec 5, 2010
Comments Off on Sheryl Nausbaum-Beach delivers a timely rant. It is a call to all educators to stop playing the victim. Stop making excuses. It is a call to action. I couldn’t agree with her more. No more believing…

Sheryl Nausbaum-Beach delivers a timely rant. It is a call to all educators to stop playing the victim. Stop making excuses. It is a call to action. I couldn’t agree with her more. No more believing…

Powerful or Pitiful? When Will We stop Being Victims?

Dec 4, 2010
Comments Off on you seem like a highly inspirational teacher. I only stumbled across this by accident. bravo! (not a question but still)

you seem like a highly inspirational teacher. I only stumbled across this by accident. bravo! (not a question but still)

Thanks so much.  It’s funny how stumbling is sometimes exactly the right thing to do.  Let’s learn from each other!

Dec 2, 2010
Comments Off on Professional vs. Co-Learner.

Professional vs. Co-Learner.

There is a fine line between being a co-learner with our students and being a professional educator. I draw that line very clearly.

In a great conversation with a colleague today, we talked about how the lines may be considered blurred whenever we frame a classroom as a community of learners where I am a co-learner. A distinction between my role and that of the student is still clear in my mind. It doesn’t mean a slackening of expectations on the teacher. I suggest it is the opposite.

I think to build that community it is a respect for the profession that is needed. An educating, thoughtful, approach to the role of the teacher is absolutely needed. Teacher accountability is paramount. As is student accountability. The thing is, the latter looks different then detentions and zeros on assignments.

I think that a refocus on a respect for the profession is where the shift is taking us. Being a co-learner changes the relationship between student and teacher, but does not change the underlying belief that a professionalism is essential.

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This blog entry is a bit scattered, I recognize it. These were a few scattered thoughts after a great conversation with a colleague.

Nov 29, 2010
Comments Off on Global Classroom.

Global Classroom.

No longer is my classroom just mine. No longer is it four walls, a chalk board and one lone teacher instructing isolated students. The classroom door has been swung open and I love to hear the cacophony of connection, community and most importantly, learning.

Through my professional network, I’ve been able to connect my students with educators, experts, activists, advocates, citizens, students, and authors from around the globe. My classroom knows that they don’t act in a vacuum. We instead shout to stars.

Thank you to those who have offered feedback about our eBook. Please keep the feedback coming, we know that the first piece of feedback isn’t the only feedback.

We are looking for more people around the globe to connect with in our other inquiries:

What would our world look like without technology?

How can I make a difference in the world?

What is love?

Who is the other?

Should we trust our government?



If you could offer insight, a connection, good material to peruse, or anything else, we’d love to hear, read, talk to you. Drop us a line.

We recognize that closing the classroom door is no longer an option. The classroom doesn’t have a door. We recognize that talking global citizenship is not enough. It is time to act as a global citizen.

The classroom is not limited to geography, it is only limited by fear.

Open up.

Welcome to the global classroom.

Nov 29, 2010
Comments Off on Ask Me A Question, One You Don’t Know the Answer to

Ask Me A Question, One You Don’t Know the Answer to

Students are begging for a re-thinking of education. They don’t want to be preached to, they don’t want to be told what to know. You aren’t the bearer of all knowledge, Google can do it quicker. They don’t want you to lecture them, to fabricate life for them. They want to learn authentically.

They want to be helped. No doubt about it. They want to be taught. Just not like it always has been. They want to be pushed into new directions, new ways of thinking. Content bores them. Inquiry, true inquiry engages them.

It is our job to listen to the words of our students. It is our job to listen to what they say silently with their behaviour.

A student told me today, “There are teachers who don’t allow students to write on the board.” We’d miss out on the insight these doodles offer.

I say, let’s get messy. Let’s learn. You can’t really have one without the other.

Nov 23, 2010
Comments Off on Revision.

Revision.

I was prepared. I had some great activities for them to do. They were going to be up and working together. They were going to be using technology. I was set. I was excited. They were disengaged.

“What is going on today, folks, you all seem half dead.”

“Actually Mr. Kemp, I think this question (which is the basis of our inquiry) sucks. Who cares?”

“Okay, but it is one of the questions we formed and chose to explore at the beginning of the class. You guys came up with it.”

“Yeah, but that was before we really knew what we were going to do with it.”

“Fair enough. What would you all like to do instead?”

Very few suggestions. A few folks said that we should continue on with this. Even more said it was time to change it up.

My plans, exciting and engaging, weren’t relevant. I could have forced through, delivered my classroom activities and had a pretty good class. Most of them would have come around, they would have done it, because that is what they are supposed to do. Instead, we spent most of the period talking about what was an interesting inquiry, how to frame the right questions, following little tangents of thought, small discussions and debates.

A few years ago, I might have felt dejected. I probably would have went on with my plans. As we didn’t really accomplish anything. But then again, it’s not about me. Instead, we engaged into a rich conversation of choices, an exploration of learning, before the learning is done. We talked about group dynamics, how to get everyone to agree.

Yeah, we didn’t get anything done today. But we did learn about revision.

Am I alone in this, did I waste the period? Your thoughts are very welcome.

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