This time in the classroom is more important than anything else I do. Interacting with my team and their students, getting to know the environment and seeing their willingness to take risks and build on their own professionalism and practice goes a long way. Trying new things may not always go smoothly, but I want them to know they have a partner in me; I'm invested in their success because it matters to our students.
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January 21, 2018
January 02, 2018
Knowing that change continues to grow more imminent, I will watch, listen and respond to the needs of all the members of my team to the best of my abilities. It's hard to shift practices that we have all grown comfortable with wearing that skin. It's time to shed it and emerge stronger as a team. New years are exciting. It's time to capitalize on the excitement and move forward in a sustainable and meaningful way.
December 19, 2017
Whether we talk about the how or why of assessment, it always comes back to the communication of learning and different things that dilute that discussion.
December 14, 2017
If active learning works for younger learners, why wouldn't it work for adult learners?
December 03, 2017
When I tell a teacher I'm going to be present for something, I do my very best to be there. Showing up is the most important part of my job. It's the only way I can build credibility and trust with my team. If I don't do as I say, then they shouldn't trust me and I truly will have gone to the dark side.
November 30, 2017
Becoming a leader wasn't about going to the dark side, but rather shedding light on what was once considered dark. I see myself as one of the teachers, among them, regardless of what my title suggests. In fact, in spite of it, I long to help inspire the many children in our district who deserve the best education possible from the most amazing teachers who might just need a little more time to consider how to do that.
November 28, 2017
No change happens overnight, no matter how much we want it to. Real growth happens with collaborative leadership that embraces the strengths of every member of the team. This is what is best for our school community and that is why I'm committed to seeing it through.
November 26, 2017
Learning chances are too precious to waste. I will keep modeling how to make the most of each one, allowing the vulnerability to be visible regardless of how uncomfortable it may feel.
November 23, 2017
Every day I learn something new and am so grateful for that experience. Although it is not always pleasant at the time, the opportunity to grow feels limitless.
November 20, 2017
This is the work we need to be doing to affect positive change in the classroom. This is how we build a team.