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Great Expectations: Coaching for Change in Schools
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | March 13th, 2012 @ 8:16PM | 5 Comments
The most challenging, rewarding work we do in schools happens when we have the opportunity to build a partnership with the school over time. We really love this aspect of our work. Through these partnerships we gain a deep understanding of the school’s culture and priorities, develop meaningful relationships with teachers and often we act as a consistent, driving force for change. The...
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Debunking the Myth of Teacher Technology Timidity
Bruce Dixon | March 7th, 2012 @ 11:20AM | 2 Comments
I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I genuinely believe that our introduction of computers into schools over the past 30+ years would in fact make an excellent case study on how not to diffuse innovation. Let’s buy computers for schools and lock them away in a room so that only ‘computing royalty’ can manage their use; let’s tell teachers that they need to ‘ be computer...
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Practice Learning, Not Teaching
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | March 7th, 2012 @ 11:16AM | 3 Comments
A current buzzword in education is personalization, connecting learning to students’ interests and even, for some, their passions. We read about the success of a school program here, another there, focused on students exploring big ideas based on the students’ own questions, generated from their curiosity and interests. It’s one thing to read about and intellectually understand why this...
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TIGed Professional Development this Spring!
Katherine Walraven | March 7th, 2012 @ 10:51AM | 2 Comments
Here at TIGed (tiged.org) we are so excited to have a full plate of professional development offerings (pd.tiged.org) this Spring! With 2 new e-courses launching, there are a few really valuable options to choose from. We are currently offering 3 e-courses: "Project-based Learning for Global Citizenship"; "Education to Environmental Stewardship"; and "Educators Inspiring Student Voice". TIGed...
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The Path to 21st Century Learning can be Challenging!
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | February 18th, 2012 @ 10:20PM | 2 Comments
For those of you who are new to this blog, we spend a lot of time working with teachers and schools at the fore-front of shifting their school learning culture and their pedagogy. This week we had an revealing experience with one of the schools we are working with. It is early days in this school and the individual is receiving push back by internal (students, certain staff, etc) and external...
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Opinions, Beliefs and the Importance of Context
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | February 9th, 2012 @ 12:18AM | 2 Comments
The following is an except from my book Exceptional that will be published later this year. For those of you who are first time readers - welcome. For those of you who are constant readers - welcome back for 2012! Everyone has an opinion about education. I do. You do. Kids do. Parents do. Grandparents do. Teachers do. Politicians do. The media does. Radio shock jocks do. Billionaires do. There...
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Finding Harvey
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | January 11th, 2012 @ 10:16AM | 2 Comments
I’ve recently taken part in an interesting collaborative effort in which I reviewed a number of articles about schools trying to make fundamental changes in how, where, and for what reason learning happens in their communities. The ones that were most successfully progressing were the ones that took a big picture approach, looking at every aspect of school and community life to understand the...
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Researching What for Why?
Bruce Dixon | November 9th, 2011 @ 11:57AM | 2 Comments
I enjoy research. I spend much of my time reading it. I also often find myself in sustained and vigorous conversations with colleagues from some of the leading research institutions from around the world...and it's time that I value very much. Indeed, the Foundation maintains a register of some of the leading research around 1-to-1 on our site....however, I am also sick and tried of the...
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Defining 1:1--More Than a Snappy Punchline
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | November 9th, 2011 @ 11:55AM | 2 Comments
We live in an age of sound bites, elevator pitches, and Powerpoint bullets. And because of this, we live in an age of confusion. No wonder it is so difficult achieving a cohesive vision for learning and teaching or ever hoping to scale it. As soon as we introduce a word that seems to capture the power, the completeness of the change in learning that technology can catalyze, we begin to use it...
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Building High Performance Schools - Structures and Non-Negotiables
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | October 19th, 2011 @ 9:09PM | 3 Comments
This past week of visiting a range of schools has reinforced my perception about the critical importance of structures and non-negotiables in creating a powerful learning and working environment. In everything we do as individuals we have habitual ways of operating, thinking, and organising ourselves. They are so habitual that we are unconscious to them. In fact, it is just part of how our...
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