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Category : Challenging Assumptions

06 Dec 2018

Diverse Network: How To Create One in Your School or Organization

Whether you work in education, the corporate sector, or from home, a diverse network is crucial to removing biases and enhancing personal and professional development. Having a big network isn’t enough — to be effective, it has to be a diverse network as well. Strong connections to people of different demographic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, with each bringing a set of diverse skills and experiences, create higher value in any organization. While a single individual may have a valid perspective, […]

08 Nov 2018

Using StrengthsFinder to discover the potential in our students (and employees)

One of my very favorite things about working with students is watching them come to understand how unique they are and how unique they can become. For nearly 5 years, I have taught the Transformational Leadership class at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, and one of the core pieces of the curriculum is to discover and harness that which makes our students unique: their strengths. The tool we use with our students is StrengthsQuest, the Gallup StrengthsFinder test. The 30-minute […]

29 Aug 2018

Discovering your creative identity.

Your creative identity can be a powerful milestone in your path to becoming a better maker and lead you to discover purpose in the things you make.   How might you find your own creative identity? We pose this question in the second “lap” of our online course (it’s free, this isn’t a sales pitch – check it all out here) and it is an important one that can always use a little more substance. Why? Well, simply put, discovering […]

02 Aug 2018

Learning from TODAY

One of the great blessings of being a teacher is the opportunity to rest, reflect and recharge during the summer. There is time to build relationships with others and make use of good “theta wave” time to plan for the next school year. There is even enough time for a guilty pleasure or two. One of mine is drinking too much coffee and spending a whole morning enjoying the Today Show every now and then. These days, however, I can […]

07 Nov 2017

Curiosity and Passion Drive Learning

I hate exercising.  Well, hate is such a strong word…I really don’t like exercising.  The kind where you go to the gym, take a class, push-ups, sit-ups etc.  It’s not that I don’t exercise at all.  I guess it goes in spurts for whatever is piquing my interest at that moment, but it never lasts.  I’m just not that into it.  In fact, if I didn’t have to do it, I probably wouldn’t exercise at all. I should mention though […]

01 Nov 2017

Sunsetting Projects

How often do we talk with students about the end of the project, beyond just its due date? About what happens to the work they’ve done once the due date has passed? What happens to the “learning residue”? Do students see the end of a project as the moment that they get their grade, or when the project has stopped serving its purpose? Are these two moments different? If they are, should they be? Sunsetting as a natural part of […]

21 Feb 2017

Insights from Shadow a Student Challenge

By Katie Cain (originally posted on personal blog) On Thursday, February 8, I had the pleasure of participating in the Shadow a Student Challenge. “The Shadow a Student Challenge is a fun, illuminating, and supportive journey where school leaders come together to empathize with their students and take new kinds of action at their school. Educators and researchers have long known that shadowing can lead to powerful observations and insights to drive change. The Shadow a Student Challenge provides methods […]

01 Feb 2017

Critical Making

BY T.J. Edwards (cross posted on Planting T’s) I owe it all to my wife and a little bit of curious wandering. She is an artist. For a mechanical enginerd, Spock-like logical thinker, and excel spreadsheet fanboy, she might have well been an unicorn of cognitive disruption. I followed her on lots of dates to museums and galleries. I made the novice mistake of saying things like: “Those are just solid colors. That’s not art!” “A kindergartener could splatter paint […]

28 Nov 2016

The Movement: Transforming Education

BY ANYA SMITH (ADAPTED FROM PERSONAL BLOG PINYABANANAS) A few weeks ago, 42 students and some smaller number of adults, were gathered from 15 different schools across 13 different states for a conference called SparkHouse hosted by Education Reimagined held in Washington D.C. I want to take a few minutes to reflect on the experience: TAKE AWAYS: Relationships are key in a learner-centered environment: between students, teachers, families, and the community; every student needs to have the feeling of being known, […]

27 Oct 2016

How to be a Reimagineer in the Humanities

BY JAMES CAMPBELL The Fall of 2015 sparked the beginning of a conversation around the possibility of creating a Humanities program at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.  This Collider Session, hosted as part of Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) professional development, was heavily attended by educators from all MVPS divisions and disciplines.  Conversations at the Humanities session ranged from pure excitement and let’s start this program today to it’s not a no for me, but I need more details.  Thankfully, […]

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