What am I Reading?

It should come as no surprise; I am someone who loves to read. Even as a kid I would often get in trouble for reading well past bed-time. Now I usually have more than one book in progress at a time, especially since I also discovered the world of audiobooks! I try to read a mix of “fun” books and “teacher” books, and this year I read some great teacher books. While none of them … Continue reading “What am I Reading?”

Mozart Minutes

I started the school year with several goals and changes I wanted to make in my music program. One of them was to incorporate a student-directed, or Genius Hour, type project. I had heard about Genius Hour several years ago, but it wasn’t until I read Amy Rever’s blog, The Noisy Room Down the Hall, that I believed it was possible in music! Amy is now in year three doing Genius Hour with her middle school band … Continue reading “Mozart Minutes”

The Power of Feedback: #IMMOOC 4.4a

This post is the fourth in a series for #IMMOOC, as it relates to Katie Martin’s book, Learner Centered Innovation.  I have noticed that some students have a very difficult time receiving feedback. They want to turn in assignments (recordings of music demonstrating specific skills) and have that be the end of it. But it’s not the end. Sometimes based on the recording I would not consider the skill mastered. Attempted? Definitely. Mastered? Not quite. Other times … Continue reading “The Power of Feedback: #IMMOOC 4.4a”

Learning to Learn: #IMMOOC 4.3

This post is the third in a series for #IMMOOC, as it relates to Katie Martin’s most recent book, Learner Centered Innovation.  In our ever-changing world, there are many new skills that students need to learn in addition to the standard, “reading, writing, and arithmetic.” It is now also vital that students (and adults) learn how to learn. No longer should students wait to get knowledge only from their teachers. The ability to learn is … Continue reading “Learning to Learn: #IMMOOC 4.3”

Learner Centered Innovation: #IMMOOC 4.2

This post is the second in a series for #IMMOOC, as it relates to Katie Martin’s most recent book, Learner Centered Innovation.  In Chapter 2 of Learner Centered Innovation, author Katie Martin discusses the environment (ecosystem) that must be present for learner centered innovation to exist. Obviously at the center of this is the learner! But equally as important is what surrounds the learner, things such as policy, culture, vision, values, and systems. If all those aren’t … Continue reading “Learner Centered Innovation: #IMMOOC 4.2”

#IMMOOC Season 4: Why is Innovation in Education Necessary?

I am so excited to be participating in #IMMOOC again! IMMOOC = Innovator’s Mindset Massive Open Online Course. I participated in the fall, reading and discussing The Innovator’s Mindset, by George Couros, with a wonderful PLN. This time around participants were given a choice (love the personalized learning here!) to read either The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, Empower by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani or Learner Centered Innovation by Katie Martin. I’ve already read The Innovator’s Mindset … Continue reading “#IMMOOC Season 4: Why is Innovation in Education Necessary?”