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Tricia Friedman

  • Recently I came across a definition for ePortfolios that aligns so nicely with the Philosophy of Portfolios that we’ve launched at my schools this year:

    A more comprehensive definition of the variety of […]

  • Listening to others begins with self-awareness.
    The longer I’ve been in education, the more I’ve come to understand that ‘worrying’ is just something we’ve always done.  Each generation of teachers has had its […]

  • Hi Joel,

    “If it is not scheduled then it won’t happen.” I think one thing we can do better is consolidate meeting time–I’ve been toying with this idea for a few years now–what if one of the weekly months j […]

  • Sean,
    You truly are a slide-artist, thank you for sharing what you shared with your staff-stunning and useful. I love your point in #10 about knowing when enough is enough. What I love most about your post is […]

  • “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
    ― Albert Einstein
    How can we better teach students to understand their own learning?
    Earlier in the month, I put together this post on reflection and refrac […]

  • If reflection can only happen in learning ecologies where learners are given time and direction, refraction can only happen in environments where we believe in transparency, networks and perspective. Schools and […]

  • Part II of the #IBDP Language and Literature course has long held a special spot in my heart.
    Just yesterday I was delighted to come across this amazing new feature via the NY Times, a monthly feature challenging […]

  • Networked flickr photo by nrg_crisis shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
    Why invest time in portfolios?
    As we continue to explore portfolios/reflection as a part of our strategic plan this year, […]

  • Looking to extend your students (your self and colleagues) collaboratively this year? Flipboard is a great tool for that.

    Step One: Start your free account with Flipboard

    Step Two: Consider adding an author […]

  • Welcome to your 2017-2018 Academic Year!
    I had a(nother) great chat with our Head of PSE, Louisa the other day, and it inspired this post (thanks, Louisa).
    We teach and live in a world with more resources than […]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    Hi Valerie,

    Love the questions and love the resource shares here. More importantly, I love the idea that all teachers are teachers of better question curation.

    I would be curious to ask students which IBDP course they think lends itself to learning how to ask ‘better’ questions.

    I’d also in my current role be curious to ask colleagues…[Read more]

    • Wow, I LOVE the idea of a question journal. Will have to try that. And calling it DEAQ is great–they walk in the room and Q.

  • This post is inspired by Invisibilia’s podcast episode available here:

    “You think that there is some essence of who you are that will endure regardless of the situation or the context but the fact is this is […]

    • Wow. Thank you. You got my attention, and you’ve made me think…Like the above comment states, you’ve offered thoughts here that can be applied to not only my professional life, but personal and spiritual life. Cheers.

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Carrie,

    Your post also makes me wonder how accessible ‘school’ is for students who would want to ‘binge learn.’ Are we making sure that there are not only bread crumbs leading back for those needing support—-but ‘next episode’ features for students wanting to push forward on their own?

    I think Netflix and new media have pointed to a…[Read more]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Wow–thank you for reading and for the compliment 🙂

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Joel, many thanks for your comment–I hadn’t thought of this being a start of year prompt (simply because I was writing it in June)–but you are right, many of the questions could work as a way to set intentions come August–thank you for that perspective!

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment. Your thoughts remind me of the discrepancy I’ve seen between athletes and students–how sports are often seen as a way for young adults to bond and learn leadership. Surely we could be making more room for that in our classes as well?

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Nicki–you are such the flatterer! I appreciate it. Your comment also makes me wonder how we can entice new players to simply ‘love the game,’ and not have worries about results. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Sport Gestein flickr photo by WarrenMillerEnt shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
    “Do we want to measure skill as precisely as possible, or do we just want to feel alive?”
    The question above […]

    • Ciao Tricia,
      Okay, first, I’ve never even considered the idea of luck vs. skill in sports to this extent! Interesting research this guy has done! I’d be curious to see what a hockey player thinks of this analysis! While watching, I was thinking about how what was left of your post would tie back into education. I like the set of prompts you’ve developed to facilitate discussion, especially the one asking to evaluate the school’s success being attributed to luck or skill. I currently work at a school that has a wall celebrating the 7s earned on IB exams. I suspect that the decision to do this was made because they feel this demonstrates our success. But what of that can be attributed to luck or skill? There’s probably not one clear answer to that question. However, I think this is an interesting jumping off point for discussions for those wishing to pursue change in their classrooms and schools!

    • Hi Tricia,
      What a great video. I loved it. It really resonated with me because my Football team Leicester City defied the odds and won the Premier League last year. Amazingly they were 5000-1 shots to win the league. Was it luck or skill, probably a bit of both. The video also made me think of one of my favourite sports books Moneyball. Which is the story of Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s using statistics and analytic data to create a competitive baseball team.
      I think your prompts can create opportunities for schools and teams to really think about what they are offering students. In particular your question about who gets to take the shots? Do we get enough shots? Do we get enough time to work on different shots? is a great analogy and something that schools/teams/teachers should consider at the beginning of the new school year. I know I certainly will.
      Thanks for making me think.

      • Hi Joel, many thanks for your comment–I hadn’t thought of this being a start of year prompt (simply because I was writing it in June)–but you are right, many of the questions could work as a way to set intentions come August–thank you for that perspective!

    • Nicki–you are such the flatterer! I appreciate it. Your comment also makes me wonder how we can entice new players to simply ‘love the game,’ and not have worries about results. Thanks so much for your comment!

    • Hi Kim,
      Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment. Your thoughts remind me of the discrepancy I’ve seen between athletes and students–how sports are often seen as a way for young adults to bond and learn leadership. Surely we could be making more room for that in our classes as well?

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    I think even the most extroverted of us still needs the occasional space and time–sometimes I worry we have pigeonholed learners as being one or the other, when a blend seems more realistic. Yes to that question about subtraction. I think Chip Heath wrote about this in one of his books when he spoke about ‘To Don’t Lists.’ Hopefully I’m…[Read more]

    • Honestly, I would start with photocopying. I think if you took the photocopier away it would revolutionize education. Seriously! No chance to bulk produce the dreaded worksheet. For those who use templates, it would be a chance to show this framework as one way of thinking but allow kids to modify their own. Kids could create the learning they…[Read more]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hi Louisa,
    Thank you for your comment–you are right, the protocols and support are incredibly important. I think of it as conversation curation–and increasingly I feel that is a skill we all need to flex as educators.
    Your comment makes me think a better name for this challenge might have been ‘Get Caught Thinking.’ It does take a certain…[Read more]

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