Bluebird of happiness

The ultimate playlist: https://t.co/Ino9lsRCer — Kelly (@mrskellylove) October 31, 2017 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js I ordered this five minutes ago, (because it’s payday, and these things must wait for paydays) and even indulgently asked for free same-day shipping. I am so grateful for Three Teachers Talk for promoting Newkirk’s new book. My great and burning question may be answered by this text: How do we help students look past their peers’ acceptance and gain self-respect and confidence?  After I receive the book, I’ll follow up on my tweet: the ideas he put forth are the ultimate playlist of pedagogy –putting these concepts into practice will…

beautiful framing…

Amy Rasmussen wrote a piece for Three Teachers Talk: What if We Teach as if Teaching is a Story? And this– Last week I attended a professional development meeting with George Couros, author of the Innovator’s Mindset. I jotted tons of Couros’ quotes in my notebook, all important to the kind of teacher I keep striving to become: “How do you cultivate questions of curiosity and not compliance?” “Data driven is the stupidest term in education.” “Your childhood is not their childhood. Nostalgia is what gets us stuck.” “Relationships matter! Nobody in this room is as interesting as YouTube. If you are all…

The Power of Storytelling

Someday, maybe, I’ll work on my Doctorate, and I am fairly certain what my focus will be the power of storytelling. It’s been a subject I’ve researched for years. We are all narrative learners. I struggle with putting things in tidy boxes of informational versus narrative. I could make a case that all learning is information, or all learning is narrative. But it’s both. And what makes us human, to me, is our need for a story. Perhaps elephants, dolphins, and whales tell their babies stories, and I know experience is certainly passed down. Unless of course, you’re an octopus–incredibly intelligent,…