Where and when do you read?

  There are lots of clever “homework” reading ideas from Reading Bingo to Reading Treasure Hunts, etc. One I liked was reading homework to be...

No words. Only pictures, demonstrations and gestures

“My students (kids) don’t listen.” We’ve all said that at some point. So pretend they don’t hear. If you teach the deaf or blind,...

Not the regular teacher

We all wish that our children should be taught by certified teachers who’ve have teaching degrees. I get it. But then again, that’s not...

So make that visit

I have a neighbor that works in the tech industry. I admire his knowledge, experience and way of thinking. So I took him out...

So make that call

Frankly, I think most teacher colleges are not really preparing students for the realities of the teaching profession. You’d think I’d either try to...

Never eat alone

The book title, Never Eat Alone, resonates with me. Keith Ferrazzis concept, of course, is that networking is an integral part of anyone’s business...

Can we force people to learn?

Sure. We do that all the time. The ideal is to get people to want to learn – or to let people learn what...

Introvert learners. Extrovert learners.

One could say that introvert learners often like to think, analyze, read and discuss ideas in small groups. I am absolute an introvert learner....

Energy and enthusiasm

One of the best compliments I get as lecturer is that I bring a lot of energy to the room and get my audience...

Learn by plan or learn by need

Almost everyone’s favorite motivation story is about kids that are absolutely hopeless in school but manage, sometimes quite easily, to pass the tests necessary...

Technology – yes, and

In creating a learning society, technology can be amazingly helpful. Billions of people in the world carry around a device in their pocket that...

Technology – yes, but

I rented my first personal computer in 1982, so I am certainly not against technology even if I often get frustrated. Technology can be...

What is your job – really?

Ask a teacher what he or she does and most likely the response will be, “I teach math” – or music, second grade, biology...

YouToouuubed

Like any tool or technology there can be amazingly positive uses – and amazingly destructive uses. I remember the debate about videos machines in...

Nice words

There are dozens and dozens of “nice” words we usually use to describe educational goals. Responsibility. Collaboration. Quality. Analytic. Meta-cognition. Motivation. Democratic. Participatory. Creativity....

Participation and influencing

What does it mean to be a citizen in a country or culture that has “democratic” ambitions? It is for that type of country...

For what kind of society?

One of the major criticisms of the current school system is that it is built for an industrial society and thus prioritizes following not...

The learning society

When we talk about learning, we often thinking about schooling. Of course, we should try to improve schools and school systems and my posts...