O is for Outside the Box

"Once you stop learning, you start dying." Albert Einstein We hear the phrase "outside the box" a lot and it can get tedious through overuse. It can also be scary to people who feel they aren't that creative or who don't want to be WAY out there. The thing is I don't mean outside the…

On Being Timeless

Recently, Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education at Microsoft, gave an analogy during his talk at the E2 Educator's Conference in Singapore, he said: "If you took a surgeon from a hunded years ago out if an operating theatre and put him or her in a hospital today they would be completely lost and not…

Don’t Just Interrupt – Disrupt

Definition of disrupt a :to break apart - rupture b :to throw into disorder  c :to interrupt the normal course or unity of I have interrupted my normal course plans temporarily for special occasions and other timely reasons, but until recently I had never really disrupted my routine. This past month my class and I have been involved in…

Learning Needs

As teachers we all learn about Bloom's taxonomy and want to push our students to attain upper levels of thinking - analyzing, evaluating and creating. If we apply the SAMR model we want students to also attain the upper levels - modification and redefinition. Yet we also have to take into consideration the needs that…