Danny Hollweg, NBCT

Danny Hollweg is a National Board Certified Teacher and author/producer of the Teaching Flashpoint blog and podcast. He has spent his career teaching English Language Arts in northern Colorado where he is currently designing a Media Literacy and Publication track for students interested in journalism, navigating propaganda, podcast scripting and production. He has facilitated a Genius Hour which established a school podcast studio--The PEAK; as well as the school’s podcast show--The Peak of Existence. He holds a Masters degree from Arizona State University in English Literature and Language, kayaks, hikes, plays fantasy baseball, and is the proud father of two daughters.

When Schools and Pixar Collide: The Value of a Postmortem

November 9, 2021

I picked up Ed Catmull’s 2014 book, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. Catmull, who is the President and CEO of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, uses stories of Pixar projects to reveal what he’s learned about managing a company, and its creative talent; and throughout, I couldn’t help but think about education. Catmull mentions a task his Pixar teams undergo after every project–The Postmortem, a time of prepared reflection. I chuckled at the euphemism, but immediately thought, We should do this in schools. Here’s the excerpt I blame:   "Most feel…

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