We All Have a Purpose

"Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." ~ Dalai Lama   Have you ever come across someone that feels like their life doesn't have a purpose? Even though that person, in your eyes, lives a life that positively influences others? This is especially difficult for teachers when they have a challenging class or events outside of school in their personal life that influences them negatively. Teachers need to know that they always have a purpose, even if they don't realize it. Their purpose is sitting in front of them every day.  I've always believed that teachers have a great influence over students. I clearly remember all my teachers and the effect they had on me as a student and a person. Some may not have known the impact they were making, but I knew it, and so...
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Is Innovation Possible in Education?

"For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate." ~ Margaret Heffernan   The definition of innovation from Merriam-Webster is: the introduction of something new; a new idea, method or device. Innovation in education seems to be a popular topic with boards of education. But what is innovation really? For many, the word conjures up images of computers and technological advances, which is partly true. Innovation, however, can manifest itself in many ways. It could present as alternative furniture, unique school and classroom design, or even alternative and creative timetabling. The difficulty is that the organization looking to innovate must have a culture that promotes and celebrates innovative ideas. In other words employees must be free to create new ideas and to think differently. Without this culture the concept of innovation will only be ever be a "buzz" word.  George Couros has written about innovation in...
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