Why We Learn

Thoughts on educational psychology, instructional design, and the integration of technology in educational settings.

Tag: Public Schooling

Ohio Teacher Evaluation System : Dishonest, Unrealistic, and Not Fully Supported by Academic Research

I've spent the past three days at an OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System) training. This system is being phased in over the next two years, and will serve as the vehicle by which all teachers in Ohio are evaluated. The workshop culminates with a post-assessment, taken some time after the classes end, resulting in licensure […]

Leadership Values : A Self-Assessment

The following is an exercise aimed at informing oneself of their values with regards to school administration. Identifying My Core Values of Leadership I was to first generate a list of values that I believe “guide my behavior”. That list, constructed over breakfast a couple of days ago, is below. Honesty Integrity Openness Commitment Inquisitiveness […]

The Cynefin Framework and (the Complexity of) Classroom Instruction

Classroom instruction is complex but do we treat it as such? Is “sensing” a priority of teacher education? How would an instructor who waits for “patterns to emerge” be viewed by their supervisor? As laid back? Aloof? And does outcome-based education (unintentionally) result in educators treating complex situations as complicated, or worse yet, simple in […]

Professional Development – CFG + PLN = D&M?

An Overview Professional development can be a sticky topic, sometimes bleeding into areas such as contractual obligations and monetary reimbursement. There is, however, lurking below the surface, a more implicit and problematic dissonance. Not all professional educators are consciously aware of this disconnect, but the contempt with which some view staff-wide professional development indicates that […]

Teachers as Early Adopters

As we engage in discussions regarding the integration of technology, arguments inevitably arise. Deliberating how to allocate of funds can be a contentious process. The merits of the multiple positions that one might take with regards to these conversations is not the focus of this post. Instead, I would like to consider the precursor to […]