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September 24, 2017

Musings on Becoming a School Leader

Since I can only learn as fast as I can, the more meaningfully I dive into the work, the better I will be for the folks I'm working with. That's why my #oneword for this school year is going to be discover. I can't wait to uncover all of the learning and nuances I will need to be a great collaborative leader.

July 20, 2017

Have Confidence, You've Got This

Learning is exciting and nerve-wracking, but mostly exciting. I will take this most recent experience with me into my new job as I get to know my colleagues and start to develop relationships with them that is going to require a fair deal of trust. Change always requires trust. What do you need to feel confident when trying new things or old things that you haven't done in a long time?

June 29, 2017

An Ode to Empty Spaces

As another school year officially comes to a close, I soak in the stillness of the empty space and all of the learning it holds within its once text-rich walls. Saying goodbye is always bittersweet, but when you know you aren't returning, there is a finality to it that lingers closer to sad.

May 14, 2017

What's More Important: Credentials or Experience?

Classroom teaching and being a part of a school community requires so much of every individual. If you're the kind of teacher who wants to take advantage of all it, there is no way you won't grow from the experience. Whether through the day to day in the classroom or the professional learning opportunities both in and out school, when teachers choose to learn, they do and we are qualified for a great many jobs.

April 06, 2017

Take Time to Focus on Your Successes

Sometimes it is easier to focus on what isn't going right, but we must change the script. Let's take some time to acknowledge all of the successes we have had and let go of the failures that have brought us here.

February 28, 2017

A Mid-Year Reflection on a Major Career Move

One piece of advice I routinely get, that I understand on an intellectual level, is that change takes time and to not be too hard on myself. I've been working on loosening my expectations of myself and others in a more realistic way.

February 14, 2017

The Difficulty of the Personal and Professional Balancing Act

Overwhelmed with always feeling like I'm making the wrong choice, I realize that the sacrifices I've made to get where I am now cannot be taken back, I can only look forward and sometimes temporary decisions must be made to mitigate further damage.

February 09, 2017

How to Survive the Pre-Observation Frenzy

Ultimately, I am very confident that I capable to helping my students learn the way each of them need to. Despite the hoops that teachers have to jump through to prove that we can do that, it really comes down to the kids. Continually, I strive to better improve my practice, forfeit control and empower students to own their own learning in an authentic and meaningful way. When it works, I like to reflect on why and keep pushing harder and when it doesn't I have to examine what can be done differently. This is the only way I'll grow and that's what these observations are about... growth.

January 26, 2017

Educators Want Voice and Choice in Professional Learning

Adults can often be the hardest students to please, ironically. We don't alway behave the way we'd hope our students would and sometimes teachers and administrators can be the worst offenders. However, if we make the learning personalized and continue to adjust as needed, the flexibility and choice will go a long way.

January 15, 2017

Let's Learn Something Worth Trying Tomorrow

The world is changing and as educators we have a moral imperative to adjust and change with it. We owe it to our colleagues and students to understand and implement new ideas all of the time that keeps our teaching and learning fresh. This kind of transparency goes a long way. Plus, students can teach us so much when we open ourselves up to let them. Why not let a student teach the class about an application we don't feel comfortable using (I've done this with iMovie in the past and even Prezi before I could use it).

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