radical learners


This blog by Jim Knight explores the concept of radical learners who:

  • believe we are here on earth to learn
  • use technology to learn, teach, or lead (and because it’s cool)
  • know that to teach without hope is to damage, but to teach with hope can save the world
  • don’t blame others but accept personal responsibility for whatever task they take on
  • infect everybody with their love of learning; most important, the children they teach


Up To The Mountain-Why You Should Teach

One of my favorite recordings is  Solomon Burke singing Patty Griffin’s magnificent song, “Up To The Mountain”—her tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King based on the famous mountain top speech Dr. King gave the night before he...

Success Factor 7: System Support

Mention the term “instructional coaching” in a room full of educators, and you’ll hear as many different interpretations of what that term means as you have employee ID badges in the room. Jim Knight coined that term many years ago, and he defined it, too:...

Success Factor 6: Leadership

In time, it could have been so much more But time is precious I know In time, it could have been so much more But time has nothing to show. --”Time (Clock of the Heart),” by Culture Club The issue of “leadership” is tricky in a coaching model like ours that emphasizes...

The Zero-Learning Zone

Recently, Jim wrote an article for ACSD called Escape From the Zero-Learning Zone. This article discusses why educators frequently turn away from opportunities to learn, and what we can do about it. Jim identifies the zero-learning zone as a place we go to when we...

Success Factor 5: Understanding Adults and Change

Dialogue is one of those frustrating multiple-meaning words. In the playwriting and novel-writing world, “dialogue” is a noun referring to the words that characters speak themselves in conversation with other characters. In the business world (and much to my...