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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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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3 Layers of Professional Learning

Over the past few months I’ve been facilitating a lot of professional learning, in a lot of different environments – from international schools (my comfort zone), to private schools in several different countries, to public schools in the US (which used to be way out of my comfort zone, but not so much anymore); and…

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