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  1. Anne Burris

    It is SO important to bring the curriculum to life and use today’s technology. The 21st century skills and inspiration is an everyday occurrence…not just once in a while. Thanks for this article.

  2. A suggestion to address the issue of time. I think the theory is just like getting physical exercise. If I want to be in better physical shape, I prioritize the time. I get up earlier, I hit the treadmill right after work, I walk around more, I stand up more. Same drill for professional learning. If I were to return to a building as a principal, I would arrive a half hour earlier each day. Close my door. Ignore email. I would read, think, and write. Especially write. A half hour a day would create 2.5 hours a week. 10 hours a month in self-directed professional learning. Over the course of a school year, 80-90 hours of professional learning. I read a great quote yesterday, “We have the chance to transform the course of our lives. Doing so will mean discovering the heroism of the incremental.” –Atul Gawande. Incremental professional transformation and growth. Works for me!

  3. Brian Peters

    Great job simplifying the response. I have received the “argument against” as well. As you say, it is not the WHAT but the HOW.

  4. This is an awesome post. I think we need to be mindful that no matter how many solid and compelling arguments there are to innovate, there are also those that feel overwhelmed with the idea of even starting. A change in mindset is necessary. We also need to remember that our vision for where we need to go is not necessarily the same as our colleagues. It’s hard to be patient, but we need to remember (as you say) to help people from their Point A to their Point B or we will spend more time focusing on what isn’t happening than celebrating the steps (even if baby) forward. 🙂

  5. Tom Hatch

    Guiding your students to create the content is a powerful strategy but in cases where the end goal is highly convergent I have too often witnessed being “creative” equates to being WRONG. The style of learning that this article focuses on just does not work for certain topics.

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