The Real Me

Who are you? How, when and where would I get to know who you are? Should I assume that it has to be “in person”? To be honest I kind of hope not, because that really limits the potential of the connections I can make. Recently I had a very interesting (and informally structured) conversation…

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Making Time To Create: Self Challenge #1

I had these grand plans for this year of self-employment. I was going to write a book, take up all sorts of hobbies, spend tons of time outside, catch up on my long to do list of items that are not so urgent, but I really should do them. Buuuut, after almost one whole academic…

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The Power of Audience

I love YouTube. I bet you do too. I love being able to learn what I want to learn, when I want to learn and actually getting to see someone teaching the skill (instead of just having to read about it). So why are so many teachers (and parents) reluctant to let children spend time…

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Designing Learning Experiences

Why do we call them lessons? Or units? Or trainings? Or PD sessions? When what they really are is learning experiences. And we, as teachers, are designers of those learning experiences. Connecting Learning Experiences I love learning (hence the name of this blog) and designing learning experiences (or opportunities) for others is, in my opinion,…

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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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