All posts by williamjtolley

Learning Design Coach at the International School of Estonia and Global Online Academy

Summer Cleaning: Eliminating Bad Habits One at a Time

  Due to the frenzy and fragmentation of the school day and year—after an appropriate, gentle and well-earned transition—summer is the best time to sweep the shed, clear the cobwebs and put your tools in order ahead of the imminent next semester. Here’s a simple—but thorough—step-by-step process for making it happen: Reflect: Identify a challenge ...

Mature Measures: Teacher Preparation That Matters

What are your doctor’s MCAT scores? Strange question, I know. How about this one: where did your doctor go to medical school? Maybe more of us know the answer to this question, but not many. Studies by practioners like Harvard’s Ashi Jha (whose byline is “an ounce of evidence is worth a thousand pounds of ...

Who’s In Control? Minimalism in the Modern Learning Classroom

    “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.” –George Sand A couple of years ago my 10th Grade advisees asked my help in conveying to the rest of the faculty how overwhelming their technology demands were becoming. ...

Walking Together: Veteran’s Day Reflections

I lived in Europe as a 19 year old. Not as an exchange student or as a language teacher, but as an Infantryman during what, my later history teacher’s mind would recognize as the last gasp of the Cold War, an era of collapsing walls: an era where, with one swing of a sledgehammer (and 5DM), ...

We Are All World Teachers

On May 15th, 2003, I arrived for my first Teachers Day ever at Ewha Girls Foreign Language High School in Seoul, South Korea. As I walked toward the front gate, colleagues filing in and around me, I could hear singing on the other side of the wall surrounding the grounds. At the gate I was ...