How Action Research Sparks Innovation and Boosts Creativity in the Classroom

If you like this video, please click “like” and subscribe to my channelWhat happens when you give students exemplars? Do they simply copy the pre-existing examples? Do they fail to take creative risks? Do they internalize the idea that their work must fit a previous model? Does it implicitly tell students “this is what it […]

Actually, Millennials Are Pretty Awesome

Disclaimer: I realize the risk of writing about any generation and painting things with a broad stroke. So, please read this piece as a counterbalance to Simon Sinek’s video.  Last week, I noticed a Simon Sinek video making its rounds on Facebook. The main premise is that technology, instant gratification, and bad parenting has led […]

Be Fearless (My Mantra for 2017)

Here’s my second vlog post (video blog) on my YouTube Channel. I almost didn’t post it (which connects to this post’s topic). If you enjoy the content, please subscribe to my channel. It’s what helps people find the videos on YouTube. My son and I both love to draw. Sometimes we’ll sit right next to each other, two […]

This Simple Tweak in Goal-Setting Changed My Creative Output

If you like this video, please feel free to subscribe to my channel. Feel free to like the video and share it on social media as well. In the past, I have focused almost entirely on product goals.  These goals were outcome-based, with a strong emphasis on finishing specific tasks by specific dates. An example […]

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Seven Teacher-Tested Strategies for Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break

I still remember my first winter break in my first year of teaching. I scratched out Christmas Eve and Christmas as true “days off,” but then I worked the rest of the time. I read two books on teaching. I took home a giant box full of papers to grade. I planned out my first […]

Great Design Can Begin Anywhere (6 Starting Places for Design Thinking)

For the past five days, our yard has been canvased by a thick sheet of snow — well, thick for a southwestern guy who has just moved to the northwest. I’m pretty sure my friends in Michigan would call it a “dusting.” However, my kids have been throwing snowballs and making snow monsters and sledding […]

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Fake News is a Real Problem. Here’s How Students Can Solve It.

If you like this sketchy video, I encourage you to subscribe to my channel and be the first to see my latest short videos. I used to teach a class called photojournalism. I usually referred to it as “digital journalism,” because people assumed we were a photography class. Students created videos, podcasts, documentaries, and blogs […]

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Seven Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break

If you’re looking for a way to spark creative thinking each week, you might want to check out the free weekly creative thinking challenges. You can check them out on YouTube here. Like what you see there? Simply fill out this form and you’ll get a new video challenge sent straight to your inbox every […]

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Is it time to reinvent the wheel?

It’s Thanksgiving evening and I trudge up the stairs with every anticipation of writing a post about food and family and gratitude. I pull up my chair and flip open my MacBook. A black screen appears. I tap on the buttons. Nothing happens. I click the power button. Still nothing. I stare at the screen, […]

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How I’m Using Design Thinking for My #NaNoWriMo Novel Project

A few months ago, my son came to me to pitch a story idea. “I want a story about a superhero taco.” “You mean, like a superhero that eats tacos?” “No, a superhero taco. Like a real taco, though. Not those fake hardshell tacos.” “Got it,” I said. “And his name needs to be Taco […]