My Students Don’t Know How to Have a Conversation

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Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene, The Atlantic reports. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts.

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

The art of conversation is very important – maybe even more so in now. 

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Educational Leadership:Schools as Learning Communities:What Is a Professional Learning Community?

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Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

PLC’s can be powerful learning opportunities as long as they aren’t co-opted for another purpose. Combined with Personal Learning Environments, a PLC can be a powerful way for teachers to share and learn, empowering them to bring their learning to their classrooms. 

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Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students?

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The Gates Foundation released a report today surveying teachers and students on the kinds of digital tools they’d like to see available in classrooms.

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

Are the tools that available to teachers what they need to meet the demands in their classrooms? What do they need? 

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Teachers are Learning Designers

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Late in 2012, I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post that articulated what I really feel should be and is a role of great teachers. Great teachers are “learning designers” who seek to create a space

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

Learning Designers – a great way to look at what teachers do. Design Thinking fits in with this so well. As teachers take more control of their own learning, they are able to design learning that fits their needs. Support is crucial for a change in the way teachers learn. 

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Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

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In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, [...]

Kelly Christopherson‘s insight:

Play. It’s so important. Yet so much of what happens in education is contrary to this. What’s the problem with letting children play and learn?   

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