Leadership is not simply a thing you do based on a checklist. Leadership is more like a lifestyle—a way of living that begins with a positive frame of mind. The greatest leaders are those who inspire others to become great leaders themselves. So, how do we foster an environment for […]

Fostering Lifelong Leadership




I’m the creative type who starts throwing ideas around until one of them strikes a nerve and I can move forward with it. To most type-A folks it seems like I’m not doing much on the project, and maybe they think I’m procrastinating. I might skip a few beginning steps. […]

Stick Figure Mock-ups


The old fashioned alphabetic writing practice is quickly finding new life in non-alphabetic form. There is a shift happening in this moment. Teachers are learning how to diversify their lessons using a number of means and students are running away with new skills. Never fear English gurus, we’ll never get […]

Writing Wars: Episode ABC



What would happen if we stopped dictating in the classroom and started presenting opportunities to learn? Allowing students to design their own learning doesn’t mean the teacher can sit at their desk with their feet up and merely exert enough energy to keep the roof on. It’s actually incredibly more […]

Pathways to Learning


In a discussion about “the what and the how”, James Paul Gee and Maria Anderson want to present similar topics, but in two very different ways. Gee writes a scholarly text and Anderson decides to create a game board. “Anderson makes her argument about how games promote learning by designing […]

“You can’t be just a writer or just a designer, ...