Cultivating Faculty Voice for a Better School

What matters most for the learner’s experience–and what I care about most–is the development and promotion of voice and exploration.  I feel just as strongly that the one item missing in that statement is the cultivation of faculty voice and exploration. If a school wants to be moving from good to great; if a school… Continue reading Cultivating Faculty Voice for a Better School

Creativity in Teaching—Taking Wisdom from a Dance Choreographer

What can a dance choreographer tell us about instilling creativity in our teaching? An enormous amount, actually. Let me recommend a book I picked up a while back on the subject of creativity—it’s called The Creative Habit, by one of the world’s leading dance choreographer’s Twyla Tharp. Having seen several of Twyla Tharp’s dances over… Continue reading Creativity in Teaching—Taking Wisdom from a Dance Choreographer

Designing Our Way To Better Learning

Last week I attended a workshop at Harvard for corporate and organizational leaders on “Design Thinking” (thus the absence of my weekly blog posting last Friday). There is a lot I anticipate sharing with colleagues about this workshop, and this experience I know will feed future postings on my site. It truly was transformative for… Continue reading Designing Our Way To Better Learning

Enlivening Minds Through Literary Art

While the current craze of gutting classrooms in order to assemble Makerspaces is racing across America’s schools, there has been for many years vibrant, three-dimensional learning going on in the classic literature classroom. For example, eighth grade students at Levine Academy in Dallas have the good fortune of having a creative literary maverick in their teacher,… Continue reading Enlivening Minds Through Literary Art

The School of Imagination and Relevance

OK, it’s time to imagine. I mean pure imagining. Whenever I conduct an imagining exercise for my team, I ask them to forget about time, forget about money, and just to forget about even human or scientific limits… just imagine. Throw all obstacles and caveats out the door. So the exercise I will enact here… Continue reading The School of Imagination and Relevance