Competencies vs. Skills

Competencies vs. Skills

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century.  The ensuing conversations have provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and organizations to critically evaluate what students need to know and be able to do in order… Read More

Teach Math the Way They’ll Understand It!

Teach Math the Way They’ll Understand It!

What is Conceptual Understanding? A quick search of the net will bring up numerous long-winded, tedious definitions of conceptual understanding within a mathematics context. This one from Dreambox is more palatable than most: Conceptual understanding is knowing more than isolated facts and methods. The successful student… Read More

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

I remember the days when I was not a very big believer in educational technology. For one, I saw the use of tools just as a means to become more efficient at delivering instruction. Man, could I rock a PowerPoint lecture. As Chris Lehmann says,… Read More

Learning is Not Linear

Learning is Not Linear

I think, for the most part, everyone strives for success.  We want to be successful in our professional as well as our personal lives.  I strived to be the best possible principal for my students, staff, and community.  Whether I was successful is a matter… Read More

Let’s Stop Spoon Feeding Our Students!

Let’s Stop Spoon Feeding Our Students!

The term spoon feeding, in this article, refers to any process which robs students of the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning. Examples of Spoon Feeding: Telling students what they need to know (to pass the next test). Handing out repeat copies of notes… Read More

10 Tips to Make Learning REAL

10 Tips to Make Learning REAL

Another Christmas has passed and I am continually amazed by the technologies that kids now have access to.  For example, my son received a drone from my mother-in-law and has been playing with it non-stop for days now. At first, he was focused on just… Read More

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

One of my fondest memories of school was my science teacher, Mr. South. Having attended a K-8 consolidated school in rural NJ, we knew who all the teachers were.  However, Mr. South stood out.  I remember an elementary student seeing paper flyers with a caricature… Read More

How To Create Spaces for Sensory Experiences and Brain Development

How To Create Spaces for Sensory Experiences and Brain Development

Impact Brain Development Parents, teachers and caregivers can impact brain development among typical and atypical children by providing rich sensory experiences. Research tells us that multi-sensory environments impact brain development. The study of the brain and how it works is amazing. At birth, the brain… Read More