It's #CelebrateMonday!

Celebrating Innovation

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#CelebrateMonday by learning the "why" and the "how" to inspire innovators

Does Education Need To Change?

This S'more is a series of snippets from AJ Juliani's 4 part series that you can read HERE. It is well worth the time to read the whole series! These snippets are just the tip of the iceberg to AJ's research and thoughtful explanations for educators. The words in this S'more are his and the resources that he cites in his blog posts.


AJ is an author of several incredible books and a master educator. Follow him on Twitter @ajjuliani Please, reach out to him. He would love to hear your thoughts and answer your questions.

Did You Know 2016

Do We Need To Educate Better?

Do We Need To Educate Differently?

Do We Need Education (in its current form) At All?

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We have to unlearn and relearn at a much more frequent pace than generations before us, and this pace will increase in the coming years and generations.

When you are at work, or at home, and think that you cannot simply handle one more change…sorry…the changes won’t stop, they are going to keep coming in waves, and there is not much you (or I) or anyone can do about it. AJ Juliani

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The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133
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We Should Have A Clear Understanding of How Our Students Learn and What Helps Them Learn Best

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What Happens If We Don't Change, But Technology Keeps Changing The World Around Us?

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How Can Teachers Inspire A Generation of Innovators?

1. Be Expert Learners- We have to be expert learners so our students can be expert learners.

2. Stay Informed or Get Left Behind- How are you staying informed as a learner and leader? What are you currently reading? What podcasts do you listen to? Are you connected to other educators across the country and around the world? Are you conversing on a daily basis and learning from each other? If you're not informed, you can only make decisions and plans for your students with outdated information.

3. Go Beyond Connection to Collaboration- Teachers and leaders are now creating projects together, starting movements together, researching together, and building products together. In order to inspire a generation of innovators, students have to see us as creators and collaborators as well.

4. Forget About Labeling Learning- Do students have attention? Are they encoding information in various ways? Are they storing it in their short-term, working, or long-term memory? Are they being given opportunities to apply their learning? That's learning!

5. Focus on Building Great Relationships-Students need to be inspired and challenged by their teachers and build relationships with their teachers.

6. Don't Just Adopt Technology, Embrace It- Be a learner first and then figure out how to use technology for a purpose.

7. Fight Weak Data With Better Measures- Our students cannot be reduced to numbers in a spreadsheet.

8. Empower Your Colleagues with Solutions- If we are going to inspire a generation of innovators, we're going to have to be problem-solvers ourselves.

9. Take Your Classroom from a Space, to a Place, to a Home- When our classrooms look like cemeteries, our students tend to follow suit. Lined rows of desks. Teacher up front. Students bored out of their mind.

10. Allow For, Support, Make Time For, and Praise Creative Work- When we make time for reflection/self-assessment (Hattie), sharing, making/tinkering, our students (and our teachers) actually go out and TRY new things.

Make It Happen!

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