Moonshot Thinking

A few months ago I had the opportunity to return to Boston for the Building Learning Communities Conference (BLC15).  The final keynote was given by Jenny Magiera (@MsMagiera).  She shared this video on Moonshot Thinking.  When the video opened with this quote, I knew we were in for something inspiring:

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I often find myself in a coaching role, mentoring educators, teacher leaders, and campus administrators.  I support others to identify the barriers that we have put in place and determine how to break those in order to accomplish new and great things!  Lately, I have been driven by the need to show others how they are valued (this makes me sad and happy at the same time) and help them give themselves permission for positive change.  Give themselves permission.  Such an awkward thought.  Yes, you can let yourself do this or that.  I am not granting permission, rather, I am helping them give themselves permission to take risks, try something new, go out on a limb, be brave, because it is good for kids.  More importantly, not changing is not good for kids.  Once you are aware something needs to change, it is your responsibility to change it.

Here are my sketch notes from the keynote.  I never regret taking notes in this way.  Hopefully you can see why!

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The phrases from my notes were part of my story (in some form or another) years before this keynote, are true today, and will continue to describe me as long as I give myself permission for moonshot thinking.

  • Do something because it is hard.
  • Recruit friends to your crazy.
  • Change the world.
  • Choose to be bothered.

Transformational 6

After reading and re-reading Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions by November Learning (, I have transferred the idea from students as children to students as adults – teachers.  If educators are learners (and they are!), then the tasks we ask of them in professional learning settings (such as book studies) should be innovative.  Those tasks should…

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