Rise of the Edu Network

Social networks are so all-emcompassing it’s hard to imagine how we ever lived without them. It rises the question on how many places do you want to present your digital self? Ofcourse that varies for each individual. But do you think there are enough networks now? Easilly we would say yes, but there are still major networks to create, I would say.

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Differentiated Instruction on Steroids

Teaching is in the middle of a change, an evolution, a revolution. The intensity of the description depends on whom you ask. One could argue that this change is natural and part of an ebb and flow cycle. This change feels faster, and possibly more frenetic — likely due to technology’s role in the change. Continue reading “Differentiated Instruction on Steroids”

UX in Learning Experience Design

User experience (UX) in LXD. The growing complexity and interconnectedness of our now global society has challenged the effectiveness of traditional education systems. The traditional system is designed for the needs of the industrial era. The old model was built upon the idea that a worker his job was to apply the basic skills they had learned. To be successful now and in the future we need to go beyond that—and teach people how to learn, engage, and create. Continue reading “UX in Learning Experience Design”

Encourage the Growth of Talent

I will be proud if I give my students the power to consider what kind of society they want to be part of, teaches them to use their abilities to create the change they want to see, and gives them the skills to act on their dreams. This is an ambitious mission and so needed in todays and tomorrows society. I will use my time and energy to make a difference. With this post I celebrate my one year anniversary. It’s exactly one year ago that I started trenducation. I’m thankful for all the followers and readers. You motivate me to continue writing. Thank you very much for reading, dialogue and of course sharing. Continue reading “Encourage the Growth of Talent”

Realizing the Entrepreneur-shift

To be successful in the world of today and in the future you need to have an open, curious mindset ready to make things happen. It’s all about the shift from a predict and control mentality towards the entrepreneurs mentality (also called intrepreneurship). There are several ways to support the process of becoming an entrepreneur at work (entrepreneur-shift). Continue reading “Realizing the Entrepreneur-shift”

Leo Buscaglia, Inspiring Lessons Learned

Touched by a life changing event in the winter of 1969 Leo Buscaglia decided to start an experimental class at the University where he taught. He wanted to explore the most essential elements of existence and called his course simple: Love Class. In the following years the classes became one of the most popular. In 1972, Buscaglia published the most universal and important ideas in Love: What Life Is All About.

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Powerful Learning is Agile and Student-centered

There’s no shortage of different opinions about how the education system should adapt to a shifting world and a future with unknown demands, but for the most part, only two dominant narratives of education reform have emerged. Most teachers didn’t sign up for this shifty moment we are in. But I find it interesting. Continue reading “Powerful Learning is Agile and Student-centered”

Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be Happy

Daniel H Pink has studied motivation in the business world for a long time and he came to the startling conclusion that traditional ways of motivating people with financial incentives doesn’t work. The only time incentives worked, in fact, was when the problem was mechanical and the path to the solution was straightforward. Study after study, social scientists have found that external rewards narrows the focus and restrict possibilities. The same studies proved that external drives makes it difficult for people to come up with creative solutions to complex problems. Continue reading “Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be Happy”

No Tests, No Curriculum Standards: Agile Learning

Adult life is all about making choices, learning from them, and prioritizing competing demands for our time. A healthy educational environment must allow students to experience such opportunities and challenges. To do this, students must be able to make their own decisions and pursue their own passions. I believe that this creates the opportunity for them to flourish to their full potential if they have a supportive, respectful and loving surrounding. Knowing what they want to learn or do, and then following through to learn it or achieve it, is a core skill for learning. Continue reading “No Tests, No Curriculum Standards: Agile Learning”

Best Future-proof Learning Space

We still line our students up in rows facing the same direction toward a voice of authority. We use desks that lock them up in place, where the majority of movement within their staring is eyes forward, eyes down? The experience of space has a profound effect on how we use that space and behave ourselves. Space evokes a particular way of feeling, of being. What is the message we are sending? Continue reading “Best Future-proof Learning Space”

Empowerment is Ruled Out by the Educational System 

Education is all about empower other people and supporting people to change their behavior. Getting kids to pay attention in class, getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and getting students to share their talents to move the world. At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellers of ideas. Continue reading “Empowerment is Ruled Out by the Educational System “


Summertime once meant something really special. With its sunshine and downtime, ice cream and made-up games. Summertime was once the coincidence of a child’s desire and the catalyst for tremendous growth. What bloomed there was resourcefulness, imagination and something that is so scarce even today: a sense of self. play That’s why I want summer to feel like summer again. Free to play — yes, even as students — free to live their own lives and learn something about who they are, and who they hope to be. I hope my own children will spend the summer running around with … Continue reading Summertime

 Checklisted childhood

During a decade as teacher, lecturer and coach at secondary education and the University of Sports Studies I knew a large number of students who had lived scheduled lives. It started as children and as young adults most of them couldn’t tell me why they had done it. ‘Because you have to’, is a common heard answer. Having done that, they were stuck in perpetual ‘now what?’ mode, hoping someone else would answer that question for them. Continue reading ” Checklisted childhood”

Innovative Learning: 7 Essential Principles

Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define exactly what they are. But one group of researchers is giving it a try. They launched the Innovative Learning Environments Project to identify practical interventions that mark innovative learning environments. Their is a growing need of designing future proof learning environments. Continue reading “Innovative Learning: 7 Essential Principles”

Rendement, een te smalle basis voor onderwijs. 

Het economisch rendement is een te smalle basis voor ‘goed onderwijs’ en een goed curriculum. Dat betekent echter niet dat we het automatisch eens worden over een alternatief. Dit vraagt om een dialoog over gedeelde waarden, die zorgvuldig gevoerd moet worden. In de jaren ’90 ging het publieke debat over onderwijs vooral over de organisatie van het onderwijs. Daarop volgde in de jaren ’00 een heftige strijd om de vorm van het onderwijs. Sinds enige jaren staat de inhoud van het onderwijs in het middelpunt van de belangstelling. De belangrijkste vraag die daarbij wordt gesteld, is of het huidige curriculum voldoende aansluit op de huidige maatschappij, en vooral die van de toekomst. Hieronder ligt een belangrijker vraag verborgen, namelijk: wat vinden wij goed onderwijs? In deze blogpost wil ik een bijdrage leveren aan het gesprek over onderwijsvernieuwing en curriculum ontwikkeling. Continue reading “Rendement, een te smalle basis voor onderwijs. “

Impliciet Actief Leren in de Sport

Steeds meer mensen zien het belang van sporten en bewegen. Erik Scherder is een bekende pleitbezorger van deze boodschap. Het belang van bewegen voor de ontwikkeling van kinderen wordt steeds duidelijker. Ze leren niet alleen sociale vaardigheden en een actieve gezonde leefstijl. Naast het perspectief van gezondheid krijgt juist het effect van bewegen op de ontwikkeling van het brein steeds meer aandacht. Cognitieve functies en bewegen verlopen volgens grotendeels dezelfde processen in onze hersenen, waardoor kinderen die meer bewegen, zich ook cognitief beter ontwikkelen. Hierdoor lijkt impliciet en actief leren een logische weg. Continue reading “Impliciet Actief Leren in de Sport”

Van Plof-student naar Bof-student

Op vele plekken in het onderwijs zijn mens en systeem van elkaar vervreemd door aansturing van steeds machtiger management. Leren én lesgeven moeten weer terugkeren naar de kern: persoonsgerichte ontwikkeling binnen de collectieve ambitie in plaats van collectief kennis stampen in een toetsingsfabriek plof-studenten.
Het protest van studenten dat om zich heen grijpt verzet zich tegen de dominantie van het rendementsdenken. Dit is echter slechts het topje van de ijsberg, het echte probleem zit veel dieper. Continue reading “Van Plof-student naar Bof-student”