Posts

Showing posts from April, 2007

EXCLUSIVE - TeacherTube Founders Interview

Image
Ok, the "exclusive" part is a joke...as far as we know, this is the first podcast interview with the founders of TeacherTube. Late this afternoon--after the 5:00 PM bell rang--I found myself sitting across the table from Jodie and Jason Smith, two of the three founders of TeacherTube. What a delightful chat! They wanted to chat about some ideas I'd shared earlier in this blog, and get some feedback on a wild idea--a walled garden TeacherTube version for school districts (My district has dibs, ok?)! What astonished me was that Jodie and Jason are both Texas educators. Jodie is a Humanities Coordinator for Melissa ISD, while Jason Smith is the Superintendent for Melissa ISD. Wow! I was shocked that a superintendent was doing all these exciting things and was the lead administrator. When I heard Jodie and Jason were coming to San Antonio, Tx, I began to hope that my cur…

Podcast - Exclusive Interview with TeacherTube Founders

Image
Ok, the "exclusive" part is a joke...as far as we know, this is the first podcast interview with the founders of TeacherTube. Late this afternoon--after the 5:00 PM bell rang--I found myself sitting across the table from Jodie and Jason Smith, two of the three founders of TeacherTube. What a delightful chat! They wanted to chat about some ideas I'd shared earlier in this blog, and get some feedback on a wild idea--a walled garden TeacherTube version for school districts (My district has dibs, ok?)! What astonished me was that Jodie and Jason are both Texas educators. Jodie is a Humanities Coordinator for Melissa ISD, while Jason Smith is the Superintendent for Melissa ISD. Wow! I was shocked that a superintendent was doing all these exciting things and was the lead administrator. When I heard Jodie and Jason were coming to San Antonio, Tx, I began to hope that my cur…

Beginning

Image
Gandhi
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Power of One
The book was Deep Change. Each discusses the necessity of reinvention, of altering our "fundamental assumptions, rules, or paradigms" and develop new theories about ourselves and our surrounding environment. According to the author of Deep Change, "old maps drive us into a state of great pain and frustration." Educators are finding themselves in a quest for a new map, one that involves realignment to what is going on in the world. Failure to realign leads to what Robert E. Quinn characterizes as "slow death." We face slow death because the "dominant coalitions in an organization" are seldom interested in making deep change. Slow death is present everywhere. It involves a violation of trust as people leap from one job to another, to escape the environment. It means that we thirst for a vision, …