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  • The Need to Stretch

    Day 31. I’ve blogged for 31 straight days. Whew. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was challenging but it was also exhilarating. My plans? I’m not sure yet. Part of me thinks blogging daily is a really high bar…a bit too steep, perhaps? I have this irresistible urge to put a number on […]

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  • Finding Magic

    Tonight I spent some time writing a descriptive essay in the form of a “For Sale” ad, which is what I’m having my students do right now. As often as possible, I slide my tired, size 7 feet into my students’ shoes to help me better understand what I’m asking them to do…and I am […]

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  • Wise Words from Pernille

      I really want you to hear about CHOICE from the experts…my students. I’m working on getting them to share their thoughts via the awesome tool, Flipgrid. Until then, here is a beautiful segue from my last post on VOICE to CHOICE: Some Myths about Student Voice and Choice When reading Pernille’s article, what resonates […]

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  • It Begins with the Listen

    As promised, the next five days will be focused on what I call the “Five Elements of Personalized Learning”: Voice, Choice, Pace, Place, Path Today I’ll focus on voice. As is true for all five elements, there are many overlapping nuances to the elements and perhaps none more so than Voice and Choice. It’s challenging […]

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  • The Pen IS the Joy

    I’ve been told, on occasion, that I am a marketer’s dream. It doesn’t take much to convince me to “give it a try.” So it was, today, when this tweet appeared in my feed:   It was the “INK JOY” that drew me in. Ink…joy…and the colors…utterly irresistible. 2:30 p.m. today: Journeyed to Staples…$10.00 off. […]

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  • My Compass North

    Personalized learning. So many beautiful, complex facets to those two words. Distilled to its essence, it has everything to do with respect…a deep, abiding respect for the uniqueness of each person. We. Are. All. Different. That is my compass. Everything I do comes from that space: creating learning experiences, choosing novels, sharing digital tools…they all […]