Who Has Seen the Wind

"Nobody can see the wind,

Neither you nor I,

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by."

-Christina Rossetti







Innovative Thinking in Education



Popular in 19th century America, Broadsides were single sheets of paper, printed only on one side, that were meant to provide information to the public. 




            orchestrated immersion



informal assessments




                incidental learning 



model the technique



child centered design 



concepts, not rules



promethean planet





assessment of and for learning


                                       real world connections


                          student - developed rubrics


                                  interactive writing


                                                         learner voice

    relaxed alertness





classroom blogs




Web 2.0





community of learners



      peer assessments

self - monitoring




               learning spaces


                                                 community volunteers



          concepts before procedures


learning to
 be green    




Respect Culture


Peer Tutoring


think alouds




Parental Involvement





Authentic Assignments








Brain - Based Education


Nine design principles based on brain-based research:


  1. Rich, stimulating environments using student created materials and products are evident on bulletin boards and display areas.

  2. Places for group learning such as tables and desks grouped together, to stimulate social skills and cooperative work groups.  Have comfortable furniture and couches available for casual discussion areas.  Carpeted  areas with large pillows for those who prefer not the work at a desk or table.

  3. Link indoor and outdoor spaces so students can move about using their motor cortex for more brain oxygenation.

  4. Variety of places that provide different lighting, and nooks and crannies.  Many elementary children prefer the floor and under tables to work with a partner.

  5. Change displays in the classroom regularly to provide a stimulating situations for brain development.  Have students create stage sets where they can act out scenes from their readings or demonstrate a science principle or act out a dialogue between historical figures.

  6. Have multiple resources available.  Provide educational, physical and a variety of setting within the classroom so that learning activities can be integrated easily.  Computers areas, wet areas, experimental science areas should be in close proximity to one another.  Multiple functions and sensory of learning is our goal.

  7.  Active and passive places: Students need quiet areas for reflection and retreat from others to use intrapersonal intelligences.

  8. The community at large: As an optimal learning environment teachers need to find ways to fully use city space and natural space to use as a primary learning setting.  Technology, distance learning, community and business partnerships, all need to be explored by educational institutions.

  9.  Enrichment. The brain can grow new connections at any age.  Challenging, complex experiences with appropriate feedback are best. Cognitive skills develop better when integrated with music and motor skills.