A foundational idea to the Mosaic Collective is beginning to gather momentum. It’s the idea of 20% time, made famous by organizations and companies like Google. Can you imagine dedicating 20% of your work time to personal curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation; operating only under the caveat that what you develop and create must benefit the… Read More Twenty Percent Time, Really, Seriously, Like Totally 20%
I spent some time with Marc Prensky and some fellow teachers today. We were there to discuss anything education. The format was a bit hinky as we were arranged in a large circle and were asked to simply, well, ask Marc questions. We had an hour. Now, to know me is to know that I can talk… Read More Futurcation and Prensky
From a recent email: Thank you for all your hard work during term one. Congratulate yourself for everything you have done – creating your e-portfolio, formulating your goals and professional growth plan, developing performance task assessments, posting your grades, establishing your club, participating in STOMP and/or Showdown, mentoring an intern and/or colleague, taking tickets at… Read More Student Perspective on the State of Education
From someone with the perspective of a student, teacher, coach, and administrator in my district. Times are so heated and political right now. (Originally shared on Facebook)
East and West: How important is the “struggle?” Excellent video by @mpershan.
Change! This year I’m working as a district-level Instructional Technology Coordinator, which is much different than teaching students chemistry and biotechnology and serving as a department (content) lead. Anyway, as part of my introduction to my new community I delivered a hastily prepared Ignite-style talk to an audience of high school, middle school, and elementary… Read More Using Ignite Talks to Ignite Thought
“It made no difference when you promised teachers a bonus at the end of the year…” according to NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, who reported the findings of a recent National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) research paper on the effectiveness of teacher bonuses and pay for performance plans. Now, trying to figure out a… Read More Don’t Take Away My Bonus Pay!