Now as a leader, looking back at the work I did to achieve this certification, I'm reminded of the dedication it took and how important it is for me to provide our team with the highest quality feedback and at the same time, encourage them to take on new professional challenges that will inspire them to keep moving forward.
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November 15, 2018
November 08, 2018
The experience has profoundly impacted my views for any marginalized group at school. One of our basic human needs is to feel like we fit somewhere and if we don't feel safe in this way, the learning can never happen.
October 28, 2018
The heavy lifting is in their hands, just like with student learning. We can't do the learning for them, but we can provide all of the necessary ingredients for success to be possible.
October 21, 2018
I was very proud this weekend to be a part of my school community going to an Edcamp together. Some of whom were there for the first time. Watching them see it all for the first time was truly amazing, not to mention the fact that the Long Island EdCamp was so well attended, way more so than the first few I went to myself.
October 19, 2018
The day to day minutia can really feel like drowning. This happened in the classroom too. Whether I questioned my practice or my assessment divergence from the system, I struggled and I think now that the challenges are becoming great as a leader, my inclination is to look back on my days in the classroom with great joy. It hasn't been until now that I could comfortably say that I was good at what I did, so maybe that is true of this too.
October 16, 2018
Every teacher wants his/her students to be successful and chances are, each teacher is doing so much already with the information he or she has to make that happen. As team leaders, we want to help our teachers leverage the information they have to create the most targeted and effective instruction possible, not just to do better on tests, but to be better learners throughout their lives.
October 11, 2018
Something that I'm coming to realize is that every day won't be a super productive day to enjoy. Some days just getting through and getting something done is enough. Then not judging myself too harshly for the challenge. This can be an obstacle as it rubs against my perfectionism issues and that starts another whole line of questioning.
October 09, 2018
A new initiative is coming. This is nothing new. As a matter of fact, starting new initiatives is completely commonplace. As soon as an area of need is identified, we find a solution and start at it. It starts with an informational email and perhaps even a professional learning session or two. When ...
October 02, 2018
My one thing is to make sure that I get into at least one class a week, to model and participate in the learning that I hope and expect throughout our department. Students must be engaged. Teachers must be providing constant feedback and gathering data about what students are learning and adjusting along the way.
September 27, 2018
After I do my reflection, I always make sure to make an action plan. It's not enough to think about how things went or question, I have to try to change what I am doing. This takes a deliberate effort and finding the right strategies to grow. Reflection is a huge part of my educational diet and it has made me a better person, mother and educator.