All posts by williamjtolley

MYP Coordinator at Daystar Academy and Learning Design Coach at Global Online Academy

When it’s Art and not Science

  I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed? It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at ...

Back to School Learning at ISE: Prep Week and Käsmu Retreat

Part 1: Teachers Back To School Prep A week before the students returned, ISE faculty and staff were back at it, preparing for the school year through a series of collaborative activities led by our Principal Coordinators, our Learning Design Coach and our new Director, Mr. Don Payne. The week started with Mr. Payne asking ...

Why the Factory Model of Schools Persists, and How We Can Change It

Over a coffee at the recent Learning2Asia conference, gamifying guru Robert Appino and I shared stories of our careers as “early adopters” of innovative learning strategies and techniques. He harkened back to a time, not as long ago as you would think, when he was considered the young “lone nut” at his first school because ...

Response: Use ‘Compassion’ When Planning for a Substitute Teacher

The new "question-of-the-week" is: What is the best advice you can offer to a sub, and to the teacher for how he/she can prepare for the sub? Substitute teachers are essential to our schools.  Yet, it's not unusual for students or for regular teachers to take them very seriously.   I have to admit that I ...

Blended learning: Step by step

Chances are that, by now, you have read something about the effectiveness of Blended-learning environments, about the teachers who employ such learning spaces to enhance student learning, and why they do it. But that does not bring you, our everyday teacher on the street, much closer to understanding how to integrate blended learning strategies into ...