Category Archives: Educational Change

Rethinking Alphabet Charts

Check out this chart. B is for hamburger, H is for chicken, Q is for people, R is for flower, S is for dessert, J is for drink, N is for spaghetti. Yes, this chart is attempting to be culturally … Continue reading

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Re-imagining our teaching practice: how do we begin?

Dana’s words, “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn” serve to open this conversation about how a teacher’s ongoing professional learning can and should modify, enhance or wholeheartedly change their teaching practice. Let’s get that conversation started. Accept … Continue reading

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Does the image of an apple hold back educational change?

The purpose of an iconic image is to create and sustain a message. So, why does an apple represent education? It might be a reference to Newton’s apple, which certainly reflects the search for knowledge, but here’s what most people … Continue reading

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What Does Growth Mindset Look Like?

Growth mindset, first mentioned by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, is a simple but powerful idea with tremendous impact. In essence, people with a growth mindset have a “not yet” attitude. Rather than thinking “I don’t know it”, a person … Continue reading

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Rethinking lesson planning

(from lesson plan templates / Google images) Writing lesson plans is an integral component of a teacher’s daily practice. The lesson plan template is designed to communicate the topic of the lesson (the curriculum focus), the activities of the lesson … Continue reading

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Let’s Do Our Homework About Homework

A change in thinking about homework is upon us . . . and it can’t come fast enough. Here are some articles to start this conversation: Homework Alert: How Much is Enough? Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Rethinking Homework … Continue reading

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Developing a Common Understanding of Growth Mindset

If you were to create a top 10 list of this year’s professional conversations about teaching and learning, we’re pretty sure that Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset would be at  the top of the list.  When any topic becomes … Continue reading

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