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Submitted by Brian Hughes on Thu, 2016-02-25 22:04

There's a don't-miss read in the Times about teams at work: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

I think we aspire to build strong teams across our whole organization, but this is a great reminder about habits and indicators that will help us continue to do so... and perhaps even improve over time.

Particularly salient:

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Fri, 2016-02-12 10:47

Our latest #TCChangemaker was published this week—on Erick Gordon, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers at TC.

We're producing this series for the TC Admissions Office to help create a conversation about the College's impact. Notably, several folks have talked about using these episodes as a way to introduce new students to the College—i.e., the theme of the latest LT Games!

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 2016-01-12 11:02

Have you ever wished there was only a single level of categorization on Wordpress sites? The rockers over at RNDM have nailed it:

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Fri, 2015-11-27 08:57

Woohoo!!!!!

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-08-26 21:05

It's my honor to share an important video that was published by EdLab today—our latest #TCChangemaker on Amanda Aiken, an alumna of Teachers College working in New Orleans. This is part of our series we're producing for the TC Admissions Office to help create a conversation about the College's impact, and it will likely be featured in an ad campaign in The Atlantic this fall. We're also excited to launch this on the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated New Orleans. We hope this will be one more way we help the conversation about democracy and education continue.

Our work is hard. The work of many educators is harder. I hope you'll take a moment to reflect on EdLab's mission, and the complex routines that are a part of our work, and how you're able to bring your whole self to the tasks we work on together—every day, every week, every year.

If you weren't here when EdLab launched the Teaching the Levees curriculum, check it out!

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-07-08 14:29

The next generation of learning spaces will take all the characteristics of an active learning environment—flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based—and add the capability of creating and making.

Ready for the Learning Theater? The world is. Check out this recent Educause article, Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-07-08 14:12

Thanks Gonzalo and Pan for a great wall!

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-06-17 19:46

I think these images pretty much speak for themselves:

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 2015-05-26 17:10

Here is a fun short blog about simulations and kids: My son has $23.6 billion. How is yours doing?.

Takeaways:

- Start a simulation mindset for major strategic decisions. Determine the minimum viable model you can use to represent your situation. Use that model to create a game, discussion, or workshop. Play.

- Get familiar with the “Wisdom of Crowds” concept. It’s a critical intellectual foundation for why this approach will work. But without simulation, it can be hard to use.

- Let your future executives, er, children, hone their strategy skills early: guide their games rather than just criticizing them.

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-05-06 20:53

As a continuation of my popular blog series on finding a new job (more here, here, and here) , I want to discuss a new article on The Muse: 4 Better Ways to Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?"

Wow, what a great article! There are smart ways outlined here to discuss very difficult topics. From the perspective of an interviewer (a role which I feel lucky to have undertaken once or twice), I think these examples of potential answers are spot-on.

That said, the least good response IMHO is the suggestion to the fourth point ("Your Job Is Just Generally Crappy"). Instead of going down this path of "I neglected to learn..," I think a better strategy in many cases would be to just highlight the differences between your current and potential job.