Who Are the Hagrids in Your Building? How Are You Helping Them?

At first glance, it would seem that Hagrid has all the makings of a great teacher. He is willing to take creative risks. He has a deep and passionate knowledge of his content area. And most importantly, he cares about his students. But unfortunately, content knowledge and compassion aren’t enough to guarantee success. There’s a […]

How Favoritism Completely Derailed a Brilliant Teacher (Professor Slughorn)

Guest post by Trevor Muir This is the second in the Seven Best Teachers at Hogwarts series. The potions professor who had a secret society made up of his favorite students. Where Voldem— Tom Riddle learned about Horcruxes, and Harry had to steal brain juice from. Ol’ professor Slughorn was not the best teacher, but […]

Would you let your kids attend Hogwarts?

Warning: this post may contain spoilers. If you haven’t read the books, go do that now and then come back to this post later.  Let’s just put it out there. Hogwarts is probably a terrible place to send your kids. It’s dangerous, and I’m not just talking about the basilisks, trolls, and dementers. It’s also […]

Want Students to Be More Creative? Try Adding More Play.

This post is an expansion of my latest short vlog post (video blog) that I’ve been doing each week. You can view it above or check it out toward the bottom of my post. If you like this video, please click “like” and share it with others. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. It would […]

Should school be more confusing?

Before getting started, I thought I’d let you know about my vlog (video blog) that I’ve been doing each week. Here’s my latest one on this very subject. If you like this video, please click “like” and share it with others. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. It would mean a lot to me. I […]

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 […]

Five Things Teachers Are Ready to Ditch in 2017

I’m trying out something new in January. On each weekday of this month, I plan to release a new vlog (video blog) on life, learning, and the creative journey. It’s a bit of an experiment, but we’ll see how it goes. Here’s my first attempt on my YouTube Channel. If you enjoy the content, please […]

This Simple Tweak in Goal-Setting Changed My Creative Output

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 might be, “Write one chapter every three days” or “post four blog posts per week.” Just to clarify, these goals were not extrinsic. They weren’t based on […]