What I have come to understand, however, is that we will not achieve better education systems or outcomes without stepping back from the constraints of "school thinking." I need to let go of what I know and think about school--its structures, history, and influence--in order to be able to think more openly about education and its possibilities. And in order to do that it feels necessary to break some rules, to upset some conventions, to seize authority rather than wait for it to be granted.
Who I Am
My journey began 12 or 13 years ago, as I ventured into the murky waters of instructional technology. For me, a technophobe, there was something hugely powerful about digital tools. In the beginning, I think I was simply enamored with the coolness of the tools but over time, I began to understand it really wasn't about the tools themselves but rather what a learner could do with the tools to change the very essence of learning. Then, about 5 years ago, I found what it was I had been looking for all along; personal learning. I returned to the classroom in 2016...and knew I was home. This website contains snapshots of what happens in this utterly beautiful classroom.