Professional Development With A Side Of Pineapple

What would happen if we invited parents and students to professional development workshops? That simple yet profound question was part of a recent live chat for the Innovative Teaching Academy brought up by George Couros and A.J. Juliani in #ita17. It was one of those ideas that instantly resonated with …

#IMMOOC Week 2 New+Better=Innovation

Reading part one of Innovator’s Mindset forced me to realize a few things. One was that I sometimes complain about things I could fix if I just find a different angle of approach. One light bulb moment occurred for me when reading about educators frustrated that they can’t share their …

Sorry Melville, it’s not you it’s me.

We were different people when we started out. We had different needs, different goals. Over the years I’ve grown and changed and while you tried to keep up, you just aren’t meeting my needs anymore. So thank you for all the memories but my dear Mr. Melville Dewey, I think …

Mining Mentors

Some of the best learning advice I received recently was from author Kate Messner who spoke at my state library association conference last spring. She advised us to take advantage of social media as a way to acquire mentors. Amazing revelations: ¬†You don’t have to know someone or get a …