Making Time to Create

“I’m not creative.” I say (and hear) this much too often. And when I do, my creative friends cringe because they view creativity as a skill you can cultivate and learn (not something you’re born with). They are frustrated with my fixed mindset about creativity. Unfortunately, after several years of facilitating parent, teacher and student workshops about creativity,…

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Parenting in a Digital World

One of my roles as Consultant-in-Residence at NIST is to offer workshops for parents about technology and learning. Having done the same thing at both ISB and YIS for the last eight years, this is something I know parents appreciate, and really helps support the type of teaching and learning we want to happen at…

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What Can Tech Coaches Learn From the Marketing Masters?

We are all familiar with the Diffusion of Innovations theory or the Roger’s Adoption Curve, even if we don’t call it by the official name. We all know at least one friend, family member or colleague that always buys the latest device because it’s new and exciting (that person owns a drone or a smart watch…

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3 Pathways to Coaching Conversations

Cross-posted on the Eduro Learning blog We are continuing to have awesome conversations about instructional coaching at NIST! Yesterday, I was chatting with Tosca and Brian about the instructional coaching protocol (soon to be shared!) that the Elementary teachers have co-created, and it’s outstanding! Tosca is in the process of hand drawing a beautiful graphic and when…

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Top 5 Strategies for Your Coaching Toolkit

I love the beginning of the school year! The enthusiasm about what’s to come, the lingering remnants of summer holidays, and the potential of another year makes a school zing with energy! After spending two fantastic weeks in Seattle working with teachers and admin in Marysville, I came back to NIST last week excited about the…

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