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July 05, 2016

I Reflect for Me

Much like any learner, until we want or can make sense of what is in our paths, we usually pass over it until one day we notice... because we can. And that is the day that makes the obvious impact, although there were many smaller moments prior to the big one that have happened to make it so.

June 28, 2016

Advice for Starting a New Journey

Although I'm sad about leaving the place I've called home for so long, I'm certain I've made the right decision. The programs I've created will go on and everyone will exist just fine without me. Eagerly I'll poke in from time to time to see how my friends, colleagues and students are doing and applaud them quietly from the side as it will no longer be my place to intervene. I'm quite proud of my time at WJPS, but it's time to move on. What advice do you have for someone starting a new journey?

June 23, 2016

Myth Debunking: My Top Early Career Teaching Myths

Every choice I have made in my career has happened for a reason. Every person who I've encountered has influenced and better informed my educational experience pushing me to achieve more inside and outside of my classroom. It's in this way, that I could truly model the love of learning (even with its setbacks) for my students.

June 19, 2016

10 Lessons Learned From Harry Potter

Like with all good literature, there are many themes and lessons we can learn and apply to our every day lives... Harry Potter is no exception

June 16, 2016

Inquiry Based Lessons Require Flexibility (Part 2)

Projects in this environment grow so many skills that go beyond the classroom learning, consider the whole child and promote interpersonal skills that make learning interactive and connective. Putting students in charge of their own learning with the implementation of a project-based environment allows students to truly own what they learn and create meaningful learning memories.

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 09, 2016

End of Year Projects Show Mastery Levels Better Than State Mandated Tests

As the conversation about communicating learning continues to evolve, it's not just grades we need to reconsider but the means in which we assess students that determine that level of mastery.

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.

June 05, 2016

Even English Teachers Make Mistakes

Making mistakes publicly is hard and sometimes it even paralyzes some into not trying at all. I'd rather try and fail with the opportunity to try again than not give it a whirl because of fear.

May 29, 2016

Experience History This Memorial Day Weekend

Going to these historical sites has always been a launching point for further inquiry and interest. After learning one new thing, I want to learn more and am able to connect what I see with what happened and the new experiences I'm personally bringing. Imagine what this can do for our students.

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