“People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true. And the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t, any rational person would give up. It’s really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, if you’re not having fun doing it, you don’t really love it, you’re going to give up. And that’s what happens to most people, actually. If you really look at the ones that ended up, you know, being successful in the eyes of society and the ones that didn’t, oftentimes, it’s the ones who were successful loved what they did so they could persevere, you know, when it got really tough. And the ones that didn’t love it quit because they’re sane, right? Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don’t love it?

So it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying constantly and if you don’t love it, you’re going to fail. So you’ve got to love it and you’ve got to have passion and I think that’s the high-order bit.

The second thing is, you’ve got to be a really good talent scout because no matter how smart you are, you need a team of great people and you’ve got to figure out how to size people up fairly quickly, make decisions without knowing people too well and hire them and, you know, see how you do and refine your intuition and be able to help, you know, build an organization that can eventually just, you know, build itself because you need great people around you.”

—Steve Jobs, 2007 (at the D5: All Things Digital conference on stage with Bill Gates)


Bookclub Google Hangout

Here is a fun bookclub webinar I was a part of with friend, fellow author and EdTechTeam colleague Jennie Magiera and her staff at D62 in Des Plaines, Illinois.  This is a sampling of the access you gain when we plan our collaboration with your staff and colleagues.  Have me speak to the book and my philosophy on education, the why and how behind my inquiry approach, and the opportunity to ask the author questions to guide instruction and enhance and accelerate your adoption of inquiry.

Have a watch and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


There’s something about meeting your heroes and mentors in the flesh that is debilitatingly powerful.  Just breathing can be daunting.  Sounding coherent can be unattainable.  And making a positive impression?  Ha.  Unlikely.

Then there’s this.

And I dare you to research Maggie’s career trajectory after this session.  You’ll be amazed.

Make your Monday meaningful y’all.


Growth mindset.

Try and try and try again.

Fail is your first attempt at learning.

Learning is the cumulative result of falling down and picking yourself up again.

Reflect and go.  Reflect and go.  Reflect and succeed.

Check out my guy Audri put these notions to life and do so in the most adorable and inspiring manner possible.

Make your Monday meaningful y’all.

The Question is Where Learning Begins

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Photo credit to the ever-amazing Colleen Rose (@ColleenKR)

When I support organizations, schools and educators in making meaningful changes towards adopting an inquiry model as their own we tackle both the why and how of inquiry.  When I visit districts and schools, for the most part, the why has been cultivated by the leadership or grown from the classroom up.  The why exists already and although I absolutely love sharing my why behind inquiry, the bulk of our time together is spent on the how.

And this is where questions come into play.

The first barrier to adopting an inquiry model in the classroom is to begin learning with a question.  Whether it’s the teacher’s question or the student’s question, having this be the entry point is critical.  I always spend time working on question-creating skills and activities to help all inquiry stakeholders become powerful questioners.  We build questions connected to the curriculum that will guide lesson and unit design.  We build questions that will guide PLC direction and professional development plans.  We build questions that will guide district and school goals and growth plans that are connected to action research and organization programs.

This entry point allows for the rest of the how, and, for the most part, Dive into Inquiry, to be powerfully and successfully implemented.

Don’t overlook this simple yet critical change my friends.  You won’t regret it.




The creative mind is an amazing thing.  Unadulterated bravery.  Exceptional tenacity.  And limitless opportunity.  I love showing my students examples of this creative genius both at work and what it’s capable of constructing.  These artifacts inspire and help my students dreams crystallize.  Case in point, check out this marble machine that doubles as a musical instrument.  Yes.  Musical instrument.  And on top of that, listen to the track.  I bet you’d pay $1.99 on iTunes for that.

Make your Monday meaningful y’all.

Teach Ontario

I recently partnered up with Teach Ontario to share Dive into Inquiry with Ontario teachers through Teach Ontario’s online portal.

From their website, TeachOntario “is an award-winning online community to support sharing, collaboration and knowledge exchange amongst educators across Ontario.  TeachOntario was created by TVO, in partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), its Affiliates and the Ministry of Education (EDU), and in consultation with teachers from a variety of districts across the province.  A unique destination for teachers created “For Ontario’s Educators, By Ontario’s Educators,” TeachOntario’s purpose is to serve and celebrate Ontario educators for the broader benefit of Ontario’s students.

TeachOntario offers the unique opportunity to:

  • Support teacher professional learning
  • Foster teacher leadership
  • Facilitate the sharing of exemplary practices with others

Ontario educators with a Board of Education email address can register and log in to follow other educators, create blogs, discussions, documents, upload pictures, videos and files, and start groups based on subject matter, grade or interest.”

Sounds cool, eh?

Here is the online bookclub that provides support for educators in their reading of Dive into Inquiry.

And here is my webinar: