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June 21, 2016

Try a Voxer Book Group for Summer PD

If you're looking for a great way to push your learning and to collaborate with folks who may not be close by, Voxer is a great technology solution to bridge the gap and time. Folks can contribute from all over the world and the stories and sharing can really add depth the learning from the text. Plus there is something actionable about being accountable to a group that makes the reading happen.

May 31, 2016

Worry Smart: Advice from an Entrepreneur

Too often, teachers worry like this... especially in the current climate of fear that many education reforms have created. It's time for educators to take back control of the system and worry smart, look ahead and problem solve so that our education system can do what it is meant to do.

May 08, 2016

How Being a Mom Changed My Teaching

Being a parent has softened me in all of the right ways as far as my teaching is concerned. How has becoming a parent changed the way you teach?

May 05, 2016

Teachers vs Educators: Which Are You?

Teaching isn't just a job to an educator, it's a calling. It's passion and commitment and a desire to amplify the voices and dreams of the many children whose lives touch them as much as the educator touches theirs. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

April 19, 2016

Give Yourself Permission to Take a Break

If you're like me, there's always something to do and never enough time to get it all done. So the idea of taking a break is almost foreign. Being both a parent and an educator fills my life with an abundance of important tasks and learning that certainly keep me busy and that doesn't include my pro...

April 14, 2016

Declutter Your Classroom, Declutter Your Life

Although it may seem hard to let go of old lesson plan books or materials, in order to keep ourselves fresh, no matter how many years we have been teaching a subject, we should always take the time to rethink the way we teach for this year's students. As we improve our practice, so too should our ideas for classroom learning grow and our plans should be updated accordingly.

March 01, 2016

Help Students Understand the Emotional Impact of Change

Who do your students most align with, the positivity that joy espouses or the need to think deeply about the weight of the world that sadness reminds us exists? Perhaps it's disgust or fear or anger... whichever it is, be mindful that they need each other to be a whole.

February 11, 2016

Is Your Seesaw Off Balance?

Since our roles aren't clearly defined anymore, we must allowed to set our boundaries and actually ask for help when needed. After all, a see-saw will never be balanced with only one person, it needs the weight of someone else to balance it out.

February 09, 2016

Truly Listen: Solutions May Follow

There are many obstacles to creating truly collegial environments, but if we take the time to truly listen, our ability to get to that place quicker is more likely. Open communication where colleagues and students feel heard can only inspire deeper understanding of the needs of each person.

February 07, 2016

Sharing #WhyITeach, Wondering Why You Do

Regardless of our role in a school community we must be deeply connected with the reasons why we participate in this process so we can enact the most transformational moments possible.

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