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John Holland

July 9, 2015

Six Reasons Every Teacher (and Reformer) Should See Inside Out

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I am not the type to see movies in the theater but I recently took our family out to see Inside Out for Father’s Day. I have always been a fan of Pixar. The company really seems to have moved beyond the limitations of 2D animation in the same way film moved from silent slapstick and melodramas to more complex color films. Their films are both stylistically and narratively three dimensional.

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John Holland

May 31, 2015

From Consumers to Creators: Technology and Teacher Leadership

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Transformation happens at the edges of communities and organizations. It is where teacher voice is realized. However, when it comes to technology and innovation, it seems to be one of the places where teacher voice is most needed. When innovations are brought into the center of an organization by leaders who have vision or who can see clearly the value of those who are willing to take risks and experiment, such as teacherpreneurs, then changes can recreate the taken for granted.

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John Holland

May 17, 2015

AERA2015: Research, Technology, and Justice

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In April, I attended my first American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in Chicago. As a researcher and educator I was excited to be surrounded by so many interesting people doing good work. At the same time, I was a stranger in this familiar land. I am adjunct faculty at VCU in the department of Educational Foundations. I love teaching my courses and doing research but I am not full time faculty. I felt like a school teacher in the halls of the academy. As an National Board Certified Teacher I kept asking myself, “How does this relate to students?" It took me a little while to find my people.

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John Holland

April 30, 2015

#TeachingIs A New Story Every Day

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One  of the reasons I went into teaching is because of my love of stories. In my class we draw a picture almost every day. The teacher writes what the student says about their picture. Then we read it together. This is the very first instructional practice I was taught as a young substitute teacher in Head Start. Back then it was called the Language Experience Approach. It is the epitome of child centered literacy instruction. Since that time how we think about Language Experiences changed in early childhood.

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John Holland

January 1, 2015

What was the biggest change in your teaching between your first and second year?

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Recently I was asked this question, "What was the biggest change you made between your first and second year?" As I reflected on this I remembered how I struggled my first year. Although I was better off than some, due to several years experience as a substitute and an excellent teacher prep program at VCU, I faced difficulties.

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