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Ian O'Byrne

March 25, 2016

1 min read

Over the past couple of days I've been engaged with Amy Burvall as she's been unpacking this idea of "best practices" and the challenges behind this naming.

Over my years in education, I have spent a lot of time thinking, developing, identifying, and promoting "best practices." It wasn't until three years ago at LRA was I in a discussion with Rich Long and he mentioned that it's not "best practices", it should be "best principles."

Hmmm. I didn't see the real difference in the naming of these two. 

I really like the pushback that Amy provides in this post on ditching "best practices." 

Her perspective is more about knowing and understanding the "rules" and givign yourself the license to go and break the rules. Have fun, be creative, remix, and don't lock yourself in to one's prior indication of what to do...what not to do.