In my last post on my blog I was pondering the opening day that will soon arrive and what it will look like. George Corous posted his thoughts about the first day with teachers and the importance of giving them time. In my response to George, I mentioned that time is precious, like water in the desert. Teacher first, administrator second My administrative career has spanned 9 years in 7 different schools where I've been required to teach as well as be an administrator. My first principal position was one where I was principal of two schools - blocks apart ...


It was last year around this time that I talked about the start of meeting season. This was my call for all leaders to engage in a little activity to determine whether we are meeting because its a ritual, a long lasting tradition of the hierarchy of schools or whether we are meeting to enhance the learning community. Unfortunately, the culture of any organization can be too strong to shift such a legacy concept like the dreaded meeting season. So, I have two challenges for the start of this year as we continue to shift our precious time together to ...


For five years I have been espousing the importance of embedding the use of technology, and more importantly, 21st century skills into my teachers' lesson planning and instruction. I have incorporated the use of such web 2.0 tools as blogs, wikis, digital storytelling, and Google Docs into my own professional practices, and I have modeled these tools for teachers. Additionally, I have provided teachers with inservice opportunities, books, articles, and websites in order to educate them on how to move their teaching practices into the new century (although it's not so new anymore). I have been working with teachers ...


Our last article had to do with the new kind of assessment that we are starting to see in education and how this could really be a harbinger of things to come where the US starts to catch up with more appropriate assessment for the 21st century. This article will deal with another major obstacle in US education, which is summer vacation.


"It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane" Jimmy's (yes, I feel like we are on a first name basis though the courts disagree) words Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes hung on the wall of our classroom and represented my take on teaching and learning. Students often wanted to know what it meant though I would answer "it is better you see than I tell". By the end of our time together, it was clear ...


Here's a story: In my earlier years, I did all of my papers on an IBM Selectric Typewriter. I wrote all of my papers in longhand and then typed them up on the trusty IBM Selectric. For those of you who are digital natives, here is a link to what it looked like and how it operated—IBM Selectric. I thought it was quite effective—I could change fonts, simply by changing the type ball. It was powerful and it didn't have many technical issues. On those rare occasions, I would take it to a person who could repair it—the...


I've had the pleasure of getting to know and work with the great people at the Principals' Partnership. To support their mission of strong educational leadership, I have compiled a list of resources that school leaders can share with their teachers and community members. I call it the List for Leaders as it compiles the top ten blogs, books, videos, and presentations recommended and organized by leading groups on the web. Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments section or connect with me on Twitter @angelamaiers to share any additions. Please take a look and take in ...


What has changed in 6 years? This summer I am changing jobs and will be exploring with a new staff pedagogical shifts, technology integration, and the NETs for students, which are key components in a rigorous, relevant curriculum. These discussions of course do not only happen once and they must be collaborative and collegial in order to develop a common vision and language. But in considering the starting point for this conversation it seems important to consider where the conversation began before and what is different now. It was just a little over 5 years ago that the story of ...


The structure of many professional development opportunities focuses heavily on instructional strategies. The notion of learning and motivation that inform these sometimes is lacking or even worse, non-existent. The jump directly to instruction puts the focal point on teacher practice and what the teacher needs to do to and for students. A review of professional development that includes technology shows this more times than not: a focus on how to enhance areas of a teacher's pedagogy, how to use a specific tool to instruct, or how to leverage technology for management pieces. While surely needed, I continue to see a ...


Education is always evolving; however, recently there have been some major changes that will radically shape education for the upcoming decade and potentially for generations to come.


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