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Seek Less Permission

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:49:21 PDT

Over the weekend, I read Dan’s post. I thought it was the right thing to say, and a good way to think about moving a networkish kind of community-esque thing into a better place in a time of networked publicness1 . # Stephen’s take is a good reminder of one of my Internet teacher pet peeves: … Continue reading "Seek Less Permission"

Just Read, Dammit.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:48:19 PDT

A couple of small things intersected in a timely fashion in my Twitter feeds yesterday.1 # The first was this piece in the Washington Post about a district administrator in Florida who has banned all homework in elementary school – save for reading twenty minutes a night: # Elementary school students in one Florida school … Continue reading "Just Read, Dammit."

Custodians of Magic & Wonder

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:02:01 PDT

I’ve been working for a little more than two years as a library administrator, and am awful lot of my work of late has been planning for the future of the Clearview Library District, my workplace home. # We’re dreaming hard and big right now about what we want the future of our library community to … Continue reading "Custodians of Magic & Wonder"

Badges. They’re Still Not What I Thought They Were.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:52:32 PDT

I’ve been working lately on some resources related to telling stories about the work that the Badges Team of the New Pathways Initiative has inspired and/or been influenced by. I’ve written some about the team and our work – but not enough. I need to do that more. But what I want to capture right … Continue reading "Badges. They’re Still Not What I Thought They Were."

On Turning 39

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:48:41 PDT

I’m writing tonight from a room at the National Writing Project’s Resource Development Retreat in Denver. I’ve been here the last couple of days, working to build some resources and support some other folks to get things made. Several of the NWP’s initiatives and projects are represented here, and there’re folks working on making assignments … Continue reading "On Turning 39"

Tying My Shoes

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:31:23 PDT

Late last week, I relearned how to tie my shoes. # I’m not kidding. # Every Friday in my office, my team and I sit together for a weekly team meeting. It’s our chance to be together at the end of a long week, catch each other on what’s been happening and what we’ve been … Continue reading "Tying My Shoes"

On Not Solving Problems

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:01:09 PST

I’m writing today at the tail end of a National Writing Project Building New Pathways for teacher Leadership Convening in New Orleans.  For the last year, I’ve been working with a smart team of NWPeeps to think about the role of badging and micro credentials in supporting new pathways for teacher leaders in the National … Continue reading "On Not Solving Problems"

Losing My Pigeon

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:27:38 PDT

I’ve been quiet in this space these last several months. I’m still finding my space and place as a consultant and library person. It’s a great transition – but there are many moments of my work of late that aren’t bloggable, and I’ve remembered that it’s easier, often, to keep quiet than to thread the … Continue reading "Losing My Pigeon"

Mozilla’s Curriculum Workshop – Summer Learning

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:04:17 PDT

Last week, I had the honor of sitting in on an episode of Mozilla’s Curriculum Workshop, a regular webinar where folks talk but also (and more importantly) do a little prototyping to begin building things that might be useful to helping folks make and learn with the Web. # The active format is great, and … Continue reading "Mozilla’s Curriculum Workshop – Summer Learning"

Do We Want To Design Rides, or Do We Want to Create Imagineers?

Tue, 10 May 2016 07:28:28 PDT

# Had a check in call with my friends in the Compose Our World project recently. That’s the 9th grade curriculum project I’m working on, and not writing about enough. After our first year of exploring PBL and SEL as concepts to guide and shape 9th grade language arts curriculum, we’re beginning to decide what … Continue reading "Do We Want To Design Rides, or Do We Want to Create Imagineers?"