On Purpose

Photo by Danica Tanjutco on Unsplash Today I woke up filled with such gratitude for having spent the week bearing witness to the deep transformational work that my students had the courage to pursue, and share, though your Personal Management Projects. I was grateful that weeks earlier I decided to revise our class schedule, prompted by a pivotal moment in the Day Shift...
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Courage to do Bold Things

"Don’t go out there and avoid blame for a living. Go out there and put your ass on the line for the ideas you believe in. You won’t always be right. But if you’re not willing to provide an organization with the courage it needs to do bold things, trust me, there will be plenty of people who will happily provide the organization with the fear it needs to NOT do bold things." - ...
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Creativity Expert Exchange 2017

A conference course is one way my graduate school offered alternative ways of earning credit. Here is the syllabus developed by my program for this independent study course that they designed to align with the conference they host. Here are my overarching goals submitted before this conference. Each student had to interview one of the conference speakers beforehand and the...
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AERO Conference 2018

My graduate school offered alternative ways of earning credit. One of those ways was a conference course. Here is the syllabus developed by my program for a conference they coordinate. I earned credit for that conference and then used this as a guide for my proposal for this second conference course that was specifically aligned with the change I seek to make in the world as ...
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Principles of Management OER Project

My classes are working on two open source projects in 2021 to create supplemental materials to the OpenStax Principles of Management textbook. Both will attempt to highlight the essence of the chapter contents in engaging ways for today's college students. One will be to develop text message courses for each chapter using the Arist platform. The other will be to devel...
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Creating an OER Podcast with my Principles of Management Class

You can use Zoom to record podcast interviews
Podcasts are quickly becoming a way that so many people, especially business people (my discipline), fit learning into their busy lives. I mentor Sanat Singhal, a 17 year old who is exploring his interest in entrepreneurship through his podcast 21st Century Visionary. We met in The Podcasting Workshop in April 2020. I was invited back to help support the July cohort, and now t...
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Create Your Own School

Neon sign says, "This is the sign you've been looking for"
We believe most schools don't help young people discover their gifts, talents, passions, interests, or dreams; instead they convince them that there are limited paths to success. We believe that if young people were surrounded by a supportive community of peers and mentors, they could define success on their own terms. The Create Your Own School Community is a place to find...
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Learning #Ungrading via Twitter

My first Twitter Chat was awesome! In addition to finding new people to follow, and links to valuable #ungrading resources, I actually engaged in dialogue that helped me see things in new ways. The best conversation I was part of started with the tweet below. https://twitter.com/nicolecolter/status/1340353058128183296 So even though I've barely used Twitter, and had...
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My First Twitter Chat #Ungrading

Alfie Kohn Quote - "An emphasis on defective mindsets (or a tendency to accuse students of being insufficiently motivated) conveniently lets us off the hook. It is popular for the same reason we may be tempted to believe that the problem is grade-grubbing students rather than grade-giving instructors and institutions."
Today I am participating in my first Twitter chat. I'm excited to learn from the early adopters of ungrading. I'm also committed to blogging through my journey here since I'm an evangelist for liberatory education practices and I want to share the research guiding my decision, and my ups and downs as I move in this direction. Just a reminder, this is #SelfDirectedEduca...
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