Instructional Design Models for eLearning

I’ve been doing a great deal of independent research on Instructional Design these past months, and while there are some fundamental differences in how Instructional Design occurs in private sector organizations and the public education system, I have been struck by how our methods in public education can be influenced and improved by the application …

Exodus: A Teacher’s Story

In less than forty-eight hours, I will be crossing the West Virginia state line for the final time. Though I spent the better part of my youth daydreaming of a larger world and much of my early adulthood was lost to pipedream plans of leaving, I never left. Something, or somethings, always kept me here—whether …

Classroom Reflections After Reading Empower

Innovation has become a bit of a buzz word in education, and while the term may be trendy and even over- and misused, innovation is crucial to the survival of relevant and effective education. But change cannot be carried out for the sake of change; rather, as John Spencer and A.J. Juliani put it in …

Wrapping Up Research and Summer

As I mentioned in my last post (ages ago), I’ve kept myself crazy busy this summer, BUT it’s all paying off. I’m wrapping up my Action Research   course/project, which I’ll talk about more below, and I’m in the thick of semester planning. In addition to all that, I’m working on getting a short story …

Why Failure Should be an Option

A small child, unsure and unsteady, wobbles away from the couch supporting her, trying for the first time to walk on her own. Her parents hold their breath, letting it out in an audible rush when she plops down suddenly, but they clap excitedly and shower her with praise and encouragement, urging her to try …