Curriculum Reflections

Thoughts on Learning & Innovation in Education

Summer of Moments

In early June we were on a trail in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee standing under a small set of intertwined trees for covering at it poured on us. With rain jacket hoods up, hats and bags wet, and... Continue Reading →

Design Sprint Reflections

What a great experience co-leading the Middle School Leadership Team in a design thinking challenge around executive functioning this fall. Over the course of three, 40-minute sessions, we explored many facets of executive functioning and study skills rooted in neuroscience.... Continue Reading →

Authentic Learning Adventures

In her June 2017 MoVe Talk, Nicole Martin, challenges all learners, adults and children alike, to get outside and start adventuring as seekers and explorers as a means to encounter deep learning experiences. At Mount Vernon, we are systemically rethinking... Continue Reading →

Connected Learning

A foolish person thinks “I already know that.” He keeps anything new from coming into his mind. A wise person thinks, “I don’t know the whole story.” She opens herself up to even greater wisdom. -Haemin Sunim Many times I... Continue Reading →

PBL Entry Events

My favorite description of project-based learning comes from Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s elevator pitch in her article “What the Heck is Project-Based Learning?” “PBL is the act of learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution. Kids show what they... Continue Reading →

Collider: Expeditionary Learning

Last Friday Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, the research and design arm of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, hosted Collider, an innovative professional learning event. To continue to further the mission and vision for our School, Blair Peterson (@eijunkie) and I... Continue Reading →

Learning Walk

Today is Learning Walk day! I wonder what questions students will ask? I wonder if we will see a PBL unit in action? I wonder if all the classes will be taught inside, or if we will find some learners... Continue Reading →

#readworthy (weekly)

A Curiosity Expedition for Lower School Faculty at #MVPSchool (with images, tweets) · JimTiffinJr · Storify tags: #readworthy Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Learning Walk K-4

Learning Walks are powerful elements of professional learning where we learn from the experience, practice, and expertise of our colleagues. While spending 3-5 minutes in each classroom along the way, we can encounter best ideas, strategies, and inspiration from our peers to implement ourselves.


amy-kilbridge-quoteOne of the keys to success as an educator is learning how to steal great ideas.  The best way to steal great ideas is to go on on a learning walk.  For the record, of course I am not talking about the unethical practice of taking from others.  When you allow yourself time and the freedom to wander around the school and witness the works of others it can be an enlightening experience.  

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to visit every K-4 classroom at MVPS with Nicole Martin.  We held ourselves to a quick pace and caught a glimmer of each classroom.  So this was not an in depth analysis of educational practice but it was very insightful.  During one class we saw students working independently, exploring various way to learn and practice math.  This reminded me that students need to have choice in how they learning.  In…

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