Posts in "PRAXIS"

I’m Teaching Myself TikTok

Over the remainder of the Fall semester, I will complete another networked learning project. In a networked learning project, I will use the Internet, the connected learning community, and my own personal learning networks to teach myself something new. I will collect, curate, and synthesize this information into a final “presentation” of what I have learned.…

The Best Questions Are Naive Questions

I believe the best questions are naive questions because they sometimes set you off on a different path. Incredibly naive questions “work” because they lower defenses. They allow us to put aside stock answers. They help activate prior knowledge and sometimes get to the root of the situation. Questioning enables us to innovate, solve problems,…

How to Talk About Mental Health

As many of us begin to head back to more face-to-face interactions with others, it is important to reflect on some of the challenges we’ve had over the last year. The materials below are from a session I organized with Adam Jordan on how to talk about mental health and well-being. Let’s face it… Times…

Getting Started With Ungrading

Over the past semester or two, as COVID has been disrupting most parts of our lives, I’ve been thinking more about teaching, learning, and assessment in my classes. This is more than just an opportunity to modify my practice when things go sideways. I think this pandemic has given us an opportunity to think deeply…

There Are Always Two Paths

When we’re in the middle of a crisis and faced with tough decisions, we sometimes believe that there is only one direction we can head. Most times, there are two paths. We are presented with one of two options. The heavier path or the lighter path. When you go through a crisis, ask yourself…Is there…

Digital Literacy: Developing Critical Thinking

I’m honored to join my colleagues and friends, Drs. Elena Forzani and Troy Hicks as speakers at the 2021 Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium. This year’s theme is Digital Literacy: Developing Critical Thinking. The past year has revealed the many ways in which digital literacy poses opportunities and challenges. Literacy educators must navigate the multiple ways…

Consume. Curate. Create.

As we think about technology and digital practices in our lives and classrooms, it can often get confusing. We have many theories and practices that intersect and try to map out a landscape that is constantly changing. To try and make this a bit simpler, I think about a continuum of three stages that move…