Every Child Is a Maker Page

We believe . . . We believe that all children are naturally creative and that every classroom should be filled with creativity and wonder. We want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers,…

In an Age of Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy Is More Vital Than Ever Blog Post

Imagine you are building a self-driving car. Chances are you’ll look for a team of engineers who can figure out how to make each part work fluidly in an interconnected manner. You’d look for software engineers and mechanical engineers and experts in user interface (UI) and…

14 Ways to Differentiate Professional Development Blog Post

I’m sitting at my desk reworking my pedagogy course. With each revision, I move closer and closer toward truly empowering my students to own the learning. I started with student choice and slowly shifted toward student freedom. But now, I’m taking it a step further….

What Three Ice Cream Shops Can Teach Us About Choice and Differentiation Blog Post

Baskin Robbins offers 31 flavors. The rotation changes each month, so I’m guessing there are probably hundreds if not thousands of flavors that they create. If you’re looking for choice, this is place is it. And there’s a good chance you’ll find something that you…

Can Less Choice Lead to More Creativity? Blog Post

Important News: You can now listen to this blog in podcast format below. The feed should be available on iTunes and Stitcher soon: We step out of the car and instantly my kids start shivering. They say nothing, stoically bracing against a wind that seems…

Treating Challenges as Design Opportunities Blog Post

I’m sitting on a plane right now writing this blog post. I just spent an hour working on a sketchy video and before that, I worked on another blog post. I’m nestled up against a window where I can look to my right and remember,…

Five Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners Blog Post

I am currently on my fifth solid day of doing things that I find difficult, scary, or boring. Two days ago, I called the cable company to set up my internet. This might not seem like a big deal, but I am terrified of phone calls — especially…

Brainstorming Is Broken. Here’s How You Can Fix It. Blog Post

Brainstorming Is Broken Brainstorming can be fun. You get together and generate a massive list of ideas. Everyone is shouting all over each other. It’s exciting. It’s passionate. But what if it’s not all it’s cracked up to be? That’s a key argument in “Why…

This Is What Happens When Teachers Model Curiosity Blog Post

  When I taught middle school, I wanted my students to be curious. I wanted to see them tap into their own natural wonder and ask tons of questions. I wanted them to ask, “Why?” and “Why not?” I wanted them to question answers as…

You Can Be Innovative Even When the System Discourages It Blog Post

My friend Josh Stumpenhorst once wrote an excellent post about the chasm between what teachers are told to do and what teachers can actually accomplish in the system. One line in particular stood out to me. “They will insist that innovation, creativity, risk-taking and failure…