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What Would Ted Lasso Do?

As we are firmly entrenched in a new school year, the words Ted Lasso utters, as he heads to England, to coach a sport he has no experience ring in my ears: Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn't it? If you're comfortable while you're doing it, you're probably doing it wrong When I first heard him say this my initial reaction was "Who is this guy?! Has he ever ridden a horse? And what kind of false sense of entitlement do you have to have to think you can coach at high levels of soccer with no experience!" But, then I paused. And thought. That sense of discomfort is exactly what we need to grow. How often do I tell people: I try to take on a challenge each year that scares me - that makes me uncomfortable - that makes me push through to learn something new. At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, that horse-riding-challenge is exactly what we've been facing for the last year and a half as COVID has forced some pretty significant chang
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A Pandemic Letter to my Colleagues

How we doin', Fort Thomas?  We're coming up on a year of teaching through a pandemic, and the journey has been the greatest test of our careers. We can compare most years to a marathon: a race to the finish, that we're prepared for, and can find ourselves looking up and enjoying the downhills and the crowds.  Photo by Artem Verbo on Unsplash This year is more like one of those ultra triathlons, and at times, you might feel like you're swimming through shark infested waters, barely coming up for breath. And, remarkably, when I look around at what is happening in the world, I know you are in the lead. You have found strength inside of yourselves you might not know existed and have treaded through impossible waters to reach kids. Disillusionment to Rejuvenation In a traditional year, according to the book  Mentoring Matters , February and March are a time for "rejuvenation". We've spent some long months in disillusionment, and we're cruising downhill on

Inspiring Creativity through Digital Storytelling

In his book On Writing , Stephen King says "Let's get one thing clear, now shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Best Sellers; good story ideas seem to come from literally nowhere, sailing right at you out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up." Helping students to connect to storytelling and recognize those ideas sailing at them through digital means could be a very powerful experience. Presentation Resource   Get your own copy of the presentation here . An Invitation to Create In the book Tinkerlab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors , Rachelle Doorley points to the idea of creating invitations to creativity for learners. As an educator and Digital Learning Coach, this idea has stuck with me as I try to help learners to engage in the learning process. We can use traditi

Shadowing a Student: A Walk in their Shoes

Who are you? You fill the seats of our classrooms every day. I am told, you are “neurologically processing information in a fundamentally different way than the “older generations”. I am “paper trained” logical, linear, left to right, top to bottom, beginning to end. You are "media trained"VISUAL nonlinearTRANSFLUENT scrollingHYPERLINKED. In the last year - as of today at about 1pm -  there were well over 300 BILLION mobile YouTube view You were watching a lot of those -- Over 30 billion photos were added to Instagram You posted a lot of those photos -- In the month of August alone there were almost 80 million of you playing Fortnite And let’s not forget the videos you are watching about it and the dances you were practicing from it and the conversations you were having about it. You love with your whole heart, so we see that we must protect it. You put your everything into your day, and we push you bey

Inspiring Creativity with Animated Sketchnotes in Keynote

Post also appears on FTISEdTech Last night I participated in an #AppleEDUChat for Animated Sketchnoting and the learning was too good not to share right away. I have long seen the value in using Sketchnoting as a strategy for engaging learners in summarizing, visualizing and remembering content. There are lots of apps you might use with your class to encourage this activity including: Jamboard , Paper 53 , most of our Microsoft Apps (PowerPoint, Word, OneNote) include a drawing tab, and Sketches for School shows some promise.  Last night, however, I was completely blown away by the use of Keynote  as a sketchnoting and animation tool. What on the surface looks like just another presentation tool, is in reality a seriously robust application that we have not been using to its potential. at all. In just a few minutes I was playing and learning new strategies as the chat happened. How It's Done Challenge to 3-5th grade students I was so inspired by my own