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October 04, 2016

Drive-by Observations and Other Accountability Measures

If we just assess students without telling them the purpose and more importantly giving feedback on what we see, then we'd be committing a great injustice to our students. We often talk about actionable feedback to move progress, and consider this best practice as educators... Which begs the question, why would it be any different for teachers?

October 02, 2016

Are Procedural Lesson Plans Worth it?

In the first five years of teaching, writing lesson plans was absolutely necessary for me. Meticulously I planned the period, minute to minute insuring that everything was covered... just in case. Fearful of deviating, even a little, I wrote down questions with the exact answers I expected. This way...

September 11, 2016

Adjusting to My New School Culture

Aside from everything that is new, I'm really grateful to the few colleagues who have gone out of their way to really make me feel at home, answering my millions of questions and coming to my rescue when I have that "deer in headlights" kind of look on my face. What an exciting new adventure! I'm keeping my mind open. For those of you starting new jobs or welcoming new people into your job, what advice can you share?

September 08, 2016

"Wait! What? We Still Use Chalk?"

It's time for me to reconsider and get creative. Chalk, no chalk. Computers, no computers. Cell phones or not, kids can learn and the more we recognize that, the more likely we are to move them forward in the ways we can.

August 16, 2016

Preparing for the New Adventure

Making big changes in our lives after we've grown comfortable is always a challenge, but the possibilities are so exciting and offer so much potential. It is how we work with those realities that determines how successful we will ultimately become. So I'm ready to jump into this journey, both feet together, eyes wide open, heart and mind open as well.

August 14, 2016

We Don't Want Your Stinking Rules

Building a community of learners who can collaborate well together will take time but will pay off exponentially. Don't give up and run to the rules because it gets to noisy or a student or three have a bad day. Remember it's about them and this experience only goes down once, so make the most enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

August 11, 2016

Laying the Groundwork for the #1st5days

Rest up and get ready because being in school is a great adventure, but it does take a lot of work. Being ready and relaxed makes it easier to be successful for the whole year. Read on to get some tips for a successful year.

July 29, 2016

When the School Dreams Start Earlier Than Usual

It's normal to feel nervous about change. There are many moving parts and the unknown is always, well, unknown until it isn't anymore. My subconscious understands this and allows me to work through the concerns while I sleep, so that I can wake up and be the best version of myself when the time comes.

June 14, 2016

Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 1)

Planning for a project-based, student-led learning environment starts with a well-made assessment that allows for student choice while addressing many standards at the same time. Once the teacher determines and develops the assessment, he/she must backward plan to sculpt the look of each class period to best provide students with the instruction and resources needed to be promote successful outcomes.

June 07, 2016

Lessons Learned Preparing for TED That Will Inform Future Teaching

Bring your passion to what you do and that will read when you share. I'm extremely passionate about my subject matter and because I'm being me, the audience will tell. My story is one that I'm proud to share and I'm glad I had the chance to share it.

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