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A Full Contact Sport

Will Richardson - January 13, 2019 1866

Here’s your “Sunday Snip:” “It is impressive, on one level, that we spend billions of dollars and innumerable hours creating this perfect, practice-based environment in which children’s abilities to sit still in classrooms are honed. Furthermore, we have built a reward structure to praise those students who can sit in classrooms better than anyone else. […]


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Healthy Discomfort?

Will Richardson - January 12, 2019 1398

I realized the other day that I live in an almost constant state of discomfort. Not a physical or mental discomfort; my life humbles me. It’s an intellectual discomfort that just won’t go away. It’s a discomfort driven by questions that I struggle to answer. It’s a state of constant not knowing that I can’t […]


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Time for Change

Will Richardson - January 11, 2019 882

If you want to make real, serious change in schools stick, don’t underestimate the time it takes to till the soil. This week, another district in Maine decided to scale back its proficiency-based assessment regime and reinstate letter grades because the new system was “too hard to explain.” And so, understandably, parents were in an […]


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Fail Harder

Will Richardson - January 10, 2019 383

Speaker, consultant, writer, learner, parent Fail Harder January 10, 2019 By What if every morning as your students walked into school they were met with huge sign that said “Fail Harder”? And what if you were told to “walk in stupid” to your classroom every day?  Might change the experience on school a bit, no? Interestingly, those are the exact messages that at one of the most renowned ad agencies in the world. Could it be that in a world where change seems to be happening faster and faster, our emphasis on “success” in school is misplaced? Since school cultures are so focused on avoiding failure and being stupid, have we limited our ability to learn? To try new things? To get out of our boxes? To see the reality of this moment clearly? The beginner’s mind admits that he knows nothing and is therefore open to everything.