This page holds an archive of some of my best work. Samples range from reflective pieces explaining my position on education topics like instruction or collaboration. Other items are samples of materials used with student and adult learners. The samples are broken into three categories:
- Principles of Learning: items which explore my philosophy of teaching and learning through research analysis and synthesis.
- Leadership: demonstrations of leadership in action with people groups as well as thought-leadership pieces exploring contemporary topics in education.
- Intentional Design: representative samples of lessons, activities, or explorations built with best-practice in mind using affordances of technology to accomplish a task.
All of the instructional materials are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0) terms. Feel free to take, remix, and use anything here, just don't turn around and sell it. All other work is All Rights Reserved, Brian Bennett.
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Theory of Learning
This academic research paper presents my personal theory of learning. It explores various cognitive science aspects of learning as well as the social and interpersonal aspects of learning. This pieces is a look into my mindset as a teacher of adults and informs my decisions when I'm working with staff on improving instructional practice and pedagogy in their classrooms.Read the article
Learning in, and out, of school
A deeper reflection on the role of school as it applies to learning. A trap we fall into as teachers is to think that learning happens best when we're in schools. I argue against that perspective.Read the article
Conditioning and LearningPrinciples
In this piece, I look at how traditional wordlviews of learning still affect us today, especially in light of marketing and messaging targeted towards teachers from the educational technology sector.Read the article
So Many Teachers, So Few CoachesLeadership
I lead a team of five instructional coaches in a district with 900 teachers. We work collaboratively to manage the load in an effort to provide timely, relevant supports to all staff. In this presentation, we discussed some of our strengths and weaknesses and goals for continuous improvement.
More details are available in the speaker notes. Use the three-dot menu to open all notes.Explore the slides
Designing Instruction as a Professional Learning CommunityLeadership
I wrote a series of blog posts exploring how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) play a critical role in designing coherent instruction. This series looked specifically at the role of assessment at the classroom, department, and building/district levels as we work to help student make academic gains. I'm demonstrating my ability to frame curriculum design as a component of pedagogy, where our materials support our practices.Read the articles
Understanding AI in EducationLeadership
AI is a growing field with significant interest in the education space. It's easy to find blog posts and articles talking about what teachers should do with AI tools but neglect to inform the reader about what AI is and how teachers should frame it as a technology. This blog post demonstrates my ability to take complex subjects, deconstruct them into easy-to-understand language, and challenge readers to consider the implications through reflection.Read the article
Virtual Teaching ToolkitIntentional Design
As part of the support given to teachers during the COVID-19 remote schooling time, I created a series of slides with links to resources teachers could use to prepare and deliver supportive, differentiated, and engaging digital instruction. This piece demonstrates my skill in providing coherent instruction for adults and challenges professionals to reconsider their practice in light of changing conditions.Explore the slides
Technology-rich Lesson ExampleIntentional Design
This is a full-featured lesson designed as an exemplar for teachers to use with students in an in-person or virtual setting. It uses Google Slides to house an interactive, reflective activity where students are asked to listen to music samples and then discuss their responses in writing.This is a good example of my ability to use technology to enhance the learning experience for students in ways that would not be possible otherewise.Explore the activity